The company is testing the concept of a delivery network of drones

Alphabet’s X unit has been testing the drone delivery of goods to homes in South Australia. The initiative, dubbed Project Wing, involves drones that can fly at about 120 kilometers per hour and are able to lower the packages they carry to the ground so that the drones themselves don’t have to land to make a delivery.

The goal of the project is to study whether a larger drone delivery network is feasible. For each individual drone to make a successful delivery, Google’s flight planning software first preplans a route for the drone, and then the drone’s built-in sensors help it avoid running into obstacles during the journey and at the final destination. Because the landscape in southern Australia is relatively obstacle-free, expanding the project beyond that region could pose some new challenges.

Project Wing

Alphabet’s X unit has been testing the drone delivery of goods to homes in South Australia. The initiative, dubbed Project Wing, involves drones that can fly at about 120 kilometers per hour and are able to lower the packages they carry to the ground so that the drones themselves don’t have to land to make a delivery.

The goal of the project is to study whether a larger drone delivery network is feasible. For each individual drone to make a successful delivery, Google’s flight planning software first preplans a route for the drone, and then the drone’s built-in sensors help it avoid running into obstacles during the journey and at the final destination. Because the landscape in southern Australia is relatively obstacle-free, expanding the project beyond that region could pose some new challenges.