Wing starts US’s first commercial drone delivery in Virginia
Drones are among the emerging alternative delivery options to replace the traditional methods that are time-consuming and costly.
Wing, a subsidiary of Google’s parent company Alphabet, has started its first commercial drone delivery services in Virginia, United States.
In the first phase, drones will deliver snacks and healthcare products to the residents of Christiansburg, Virginia.
After getting official permission for commercial delivery in April this year, the company has teamed up with major delivery players like FedEx and Walgreens, which operates the second-largest pharmacy store in the US.
Wing is also the first drone operator to get the Federal Aviation Administration’s approval as a commercial air carrier.
Drones are among the emerging alternative delivery options to replace the traditional methods that are time-consuming and costly. Amazon is getting ready with its roadside, pavement walking robot to deliver goods. Domino's is planning to bring self-driving pizza delivery car.
Air delivery is expected to decrease traffic created by trucks and other vehicles. It is also expected to reduce pollution and decrease delivery time. Focused on people with limited mobility options, such deliveries take no extra charge. But such drone services pose threats such as risks of collisions with each other and with birds and aircraft.