Wing, Alphabet's “aerial” startup, has launched its delivery service for the first time with drones in the United States.
In the program launched in Christiansburg in Virginia, Wing's drones will fly (stable and safe) to the homes of the inhabitants of Virginia to deliver packages of FedEx, Walgreens and Sugar Magnolia, a local seller.
Gifts, snacks and even medicines will arrive at their destination in no time. It is the first commercial service in the history of delivery with drones.
The FAA (Federal Air Administration) has granted Wing an extended permit to fly. Google's "sister company" can "allow many pilots to supervise flocks of several unmanned aircraft to make commercial deliveries simultaneously," the certificate reads.
UPS has also received this FAA certification, but is still developing its service for now for research centers and hospitals.
How the delivery service works
Christiansburg citizens can order at any time with their smartphone using the Wing app, and after a while a drone will deposit the package in a pre-agreed point in the garden or on the street facing the house. In just 5 minutes, Wing's drone is able to cover a radius of 10 kilometers, practically the entire inner belt of a city.
Here is an example of delivery directly from the video presentation of the service, which as you imagine privileges in its initial phase small objects, utensils, books, snacks and above all medicines. The home pharmacy function is particularly useful and promising.