Rumor has it that Project Wing, a secret drone program that’s been running for two years at Google X, the company’s research lab, has made some significant progress recently after finishing it’s initial testing.
According to an article on theatlantic.com, in initial design phases Google decided on an unusual design called a tail sitter, a hybrid of a plane and a helicopter that takes off vertically, then rotates to a horizontal position for flying around. During delivery, it hovers and winches packages down to the ground. At the end of the tether attached to the drone, there’s a small bundle of electronics they call the “egg,” which detects that the package has hit the ground, detaches from the delivery, and is pulled back up into the body of the vehicle.
There is already a large group of Googlers working on the project – forms of the vehicle, it’s delivery mechanism, the user experience of the app for ordering a drone.
Although there are many barriers to cross concerning regulation of this type of delivery, this is still in prototype phase. For a video of the test flight, check out the full story on The Atlantic’s website.
Drones in transportation are not a new topic. Some wonder if they might replace drivers entirely.
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