Google X Expects to Launch Project Wing in 2017 to Deliver Packages Faster Through Drones
Google hopes to launch its drone delivery business in the next two years. The research lab Google X has just recently revealed its plans for its program, called the Project Wing, which aims to have a commercial business in 2017.
At an annual Air Traffic Control conference held in Washington, DC, Dave Vos, engineer and executive of Project Wing, has shared the plans of the company about its forthcoming aircraft from Google X, which is now an Alphabet company. Vos has confirmed by saying that "We hope we could be operating a delivery service with our Wing vehicles by 2017."
Though the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has not finalized yet the new rules and regulations about how commercial drones would function, the company has already dodged some preventive legislation in California. Despite of the uncertainty, Google is still up for this state-of-the-art innovation.
The Project Wing has the same goals as the Amazon Prime Air, which is to bring customer's packages within a 30-minute timeframe with the use of drones. Last month, the Wing aircrafts were already showed off. However, the commercial use for them is still unknown.
The drone race is not solely by Google; rather Alibaba, Amazon, and probably Walmart will also be joining the competition. In fact, Google's competitors have way better track records at delivering logistics as well as managing commerce.
Virginia is the only state in the United States to allow any kind of drone delivery by far. Nonetheless, this might change in the coming years. A global vision is seen by the company; thus there is a possibility that autonomous drone delivery will come into reality.
On the whole, Project Wing appears to be a very ambitious program. But, Google X will absolutely make it work in the next two years. Hence, all drone spectators should watch out for this huge invention in 2017, perhaps.