After Amazon, Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL) (NASDAQ:GOOG) too is developing its drone systems for the same purpose of facilitating the delivery of goods at specified addresses, as informed by the internet giant on Thursday. The rivals are the biggies in their respective industries with one rival being the fast-food giant Dominos that had already tested the delivery of pies via drone last year, and the other is the online marketing giant Amazon.com, Inc that is also in process of testing delivery drones.
Work started way back in 2011
Google began working on the drones in 2011, and said it expected it would “take years to develop a service with multiple vehicles flying multiple deliveries per day.”
A testing was held earlier this month by Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL) (NASDAQ:GOOG), when it supplied a host of goods that include candy bars, dog treats, cattle vaccines, water and radios to Queensland, Australia-based two farmers with the help of a prototype from its Project Wing measuring 5-feet in width.
Google aims to develop drones that will work on the push of a button, and will fly over the programmed routes at altitudes of 130 feet to 200 feet. Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL) (NASDAQ:GOOG) informed that the drone systems will be operated with precise navigation abilities as they have to keep in mind few things like noise, which has to be controlled to bring it to minimum possible levels and at the same time the privacy and safety of people below has to be considered.
Regulatory approval awaited
‘Moonshots’ is the name given by the CEO Larry Page to the long-term risky projects undertaken by Google X team, which if successful would give huge payoffs in the future. The project will enable efficient moving of goods which will create new economic growth opportunities.
Usage of drones for commercial purposes is mostly banned in the U.S., but still they are being proposed and tested for use in delivering goods to homes. Contemplations for devising regulations that remove such ban are being made by the Federal Aviation Administration. For the energy giant BP PLC in Alaska, the first commercial drone flight over the land was approved by them in June. The fact that privacy concerns are raised by the potentially hazardous technology requires the regulators to take cautious moves.