It may have been an April Fool’s Day prank when Amazon revealed a commercial for same-day drone delivery, but with Google they plan to make that fantasy a reality. Currently called Project Wing, Google hopes to delivery consumer goods utilizing the technology by sometime in 2017. The announcement came via David Vos who is currently spearheading the project.
Our goal is to have commercial business up and running in 2017,” said Mr. Vos during an announcement on Monday.
As of now there are no concrete details as to which types of drones will be used for the delivery service or what types of goods will have the ability to be delivered. The project first became known last year when it was led by the Google X team who tested the delivery system in Australia. It’s expected that Google is developing custom-made drones for this operation.
Amazon and China are also testing out drone delivery with Amazon claiming they could have a package delivered by drone within 30 minutes of placing an order. China also did a three test in Shanghai to much success. However, no concrete plans have been made on when to launch the service.
There are many different factors that come into play with drone delivery, including flight schedules and working with various aviation groups. Hacking the drones could also be a very real problem. Google expects to release more information regarding the project in 2016.