The Alphabet Project Will Between Foods with Drones

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Project Wing, a draft delivery initiative from the Alphabet X lab, has just worked with two Australian companies to test their technology. Latest developments related to their efforts to realize delivery of goods using drones.

Last year, Wing launched a pilot program with Chipotle approved by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to deliver the goods to University of Virginia students.

Now, Wing is working with two new companies, the Mexican food chain Guzman y Gomez and the Chemist Warehouse chemist network. This will be the first time Wing drones will deliver third-party products to homes in Australia.

Australia is considered a better place to test delivery technology via drones because of its less stringent regulations. Rigorous regulations in the United States are one of the reasons Wing is finding it difficult to find colleagues in the United States.


By testing in Australia, Wing's team will be able to collect data on how the drones maneuver when faced with obstacles in the real world.

"The sensors from our aircraft serve to identify obstacles that may arise in transit, such as cars parked in unexpected places or outdoors furniture that has been moved,"
Ryan Burgess said.

"The more deliveries we can make, exposing our aircraft sensors to different delivery locations, the smarter the algorithm of our aircraft."


Alphabet, Google's parent company, is not the only company interested in this field. Amazon also has a freight project with a drone called Amazon Prime.

For Amazon it is clear their goal is to cut down on delivery time. However, it is unclear what the reason Alphabet is testing the delivery of goods with drones.

"The information we collect from our testing colleagues will help us to create systems so that can focus on their abilities, such as making food or helping people to be healthier than messing around with issues such as shipping logistics,"
Ryan Burgess wrote.  

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