Google Project Wing delivery drones

By | August 30, 2014

After all the excitement that Amazon was working on unmanned drones for package delivery (and many people doubting to what degree such a delivery system is even realistic for many reasons other than technological barriers), Google released information on Project Wing aiming at developing a similar drone delivery system.

Project Wing is another of the research projects worked at Google [X]. While we still wait for Google’s self driving cars, a team lead by MIT professor Nick Roy on a two year sabbatical at Google and in collaboration with Unmanned Systems Australia developed a drone for package delivery. It was recently tested in Australia and a video of a successful delivery was posted online.

I don’t know to what degree it is all that useful for drones to deliver packages in a city (do we really need to have items purchased online at our doorstep within an hour?) but they could be useful for deliveries in remote areas. I can imagine these drones delivering supplies to rural areas that are hit but some natural catastrophe or to people trapped in the middle of a war zone with little hope of receiving humanitarian assistance any other way.

Anyway, I think Google’s new delivery drone is pretty cool, especially the system that drops the cargo to the ground without the need for the vehicle to land. The video below show the fruits of Project Wing and explains a little bit about the technology behind it.