Google Could Start Delivering Packages by Drone as Soon as 2017
Could this be the new normal?
With the kickstart of an operation named Project Wing, Google is officially joining the slew of companies marching toward drone deliveries.
If all goes as planned, the project will launch commercially as soon as 2017, Melissa Francis told Bill Hemmer on "America’s Newsroom" Tuesday.
The tech giant has already begun testing the service in Australia, where areas tend to be more sparsely populated.
Here’s how it would work.
Customers would order packages weighing up to 5 pounds, which would be turned around in as little as 30 minutes, said Francis.
Once the drone arrives at its destination, it would “hover” at a certain altitude, then safely lower the package to the ground.
Where this is all headed legally, however, remains to be seen.
Currently, Google is in talks with the FAA, which estimates that as many as 7,500 small commercial drones may be in flight by 2018.
With companies from Amazon to Alibaba to even Domino’s Pizza experimenting, drones have emerged as the new frontier in online delivery – and soon, the government will likely start restricting who will have access to commercial drones, said Francis.
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