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Google's Drone Delivery Business Wins Approval in Canberra


A Project Wing drone in flight.

Alphabets Project Wing drone-based delivery business has received Australian approval to take to the skies over Canberra suburbs.

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Project Wing, a branch of Google parent Alphabet, has received approval from Australia's aviation regulator to deploy its drone delivery service for the city of Canberra.

The project has spent the past 18 months testing drone delivery of food and drinks, medication, and locally made coffee and chocolate, in Australia's capital.

Civil Aviation Safety Authority spokesperson Peter Gibson said his group gave the service a passing grade because it apparently poses no risks to people or property on the ground, or to aircraft in flight.

The service is expected to begin with 100 qualifying homes in Canberra suburbs in the coming weeks.

In addition to limiting the drones to operating only during daylight hours, the aircraft also are forbidden from crossing over major roads, and they must maintain a specific minimum distance from people on the ground.

From The Guardian (U.K.)
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