Google Drone Deliveries of the Future
Google has been developing it very own delivery drone. Much like that flaunted by Amazon earlier in the year.
The project developed by Google X, the company’s secretive tech research arm, is called project wing and has been going for about two years but until now remained a secret.
Google’s long term goal is very similar to that of Amazon who developed their drone for making automated deliveries under their proposed Prime Air service.
Google’s prototype vehicles have been successfully tested by delivering packages to remote farms in Queensland, Australia, this was selected as a prime test site due to what Google describes as “progressive” rules about the use of drones which are considerably tougher in other countries such as the US.
Google’s self flying vehicle project was originally conceived as a way to deliver defibrillator kits to people suspected of having a heart attack. The idea being that the drones could get to places and deliver vital equipment faster than an ambulance could.
The drone has two flying modes with a blended wing design that allows the whole body of the vehicle to provide lift. It’s also what’s known as a “tail sitter” which means that it rests on the ground with propellers facing upwards but can then rotate into a horizontal position to provide greater thrust and fly like a plane.
The dual mode operation lets the drone benefit from vertical takeoff and hovering abilities like a helicopter but it can also benefit from faster speeds such as a plane so it can cover large distances rapidly while still being agile enough to land and takeoff without a runway.
To learn more about Google’s Drone project you can read the full article at the BBC website.
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