Wing (company)

Wing is a subsidiary of Alphabet Inc. that aims to rapidly deliver products across a city by using flying vehicles, similar to the Amazon Prime Air concept.[1] At the time of the announcement on August 28, 2014, it had already been in development secretly at Google X for about two years, with full-scale testing being carried out in Australia. The flying vehicles take off vertically, then rotate to a horizontal position for flying around. For delivery, it hovers and winches packages down to the ground. At the end of the tether is a small bundle of electronics which detects that the package has hit the ground, detaches from the delivery, and is pulled back up into the body of the vehicle. Dropping the cargo or landing were found to be unfeasible, as users compromised the safety.[2] In July 2018, Project Wing was spun out of X into an Alphabet owned company.[3] By January 2019, Wing was delivering take-out food and beverages out of its test facility in Bonython, Australia as part of a pilot program.[4]

Wing
Wing (company) logo
OwnerAlphabet Inc.
Websitewing.com

References

  1. ^ "Droning On". AOPA Pilot: 63. April 2015.
  2. ^ Warwick, Graham. "Google Details 'Project Wing' Unmanned Package-Delivery R&D" Aviation Week & Space Technology, November 3, 2014. Accessed: November 5, 2014. Archived November 5, 2014, at the Wayback Machine on November 5, 2014
  3. ^ Koulopoulos, Thomas (July 2018). "The Moonshot to Create the Next Google". Inc. Retrieved July 13, 2018.
  4. ^ "Google Drones Can Already Deliver You Coffee In Australia". The Wall Street Journal. 8 January 2018. Retrieved 13 January 2018 – via YouTube.

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