Drones may one day come to dominate the skies if Google has anything to do with it.
Drones are currently receiving a lot of attention — much of it is quite negative — but the potential future uses for this technology are actually very positive. Google has already started testing drones in Project Wing to deliver goods to customers, which would potentially greatly speed up receipt and also cut a lot of waste out of the traditional delivery systems we still use today.
It sounds bizarre, but Google has tested delivering a package using a drone, which lowers the package by a type of fishing line from 45m in the air. This type of technology would be ideal for so many of the items that we purchase currently and will likely be more environmentally friendly and safer as well.
Concerns remain over safety and the privacy implications of drones, but these are common worries with all new types of technology that do things in previously unheard of ways, and eventually, these may be extinguished by the true potential. The idea that drones could provide disaster relief and deliver aid to areas in need is a captivating one. From earthquakes to floods to civil war, drones offer a level of accessibility impossible for traditional vehicles and people.
If you are wondering how drones can possibly work in such areas, a huge amount of thought has already gone into the design of each one — they can take off and land without the need for a runway and effectively offer the benefits of planes and helicopters, but in the one vehicle. Destinations can be programmed in and then the drone will deliver the aid or package without the manual intervention of a human during the process.
We can also see how many of Google’s current services will help with such a journey; Google Maps is incredibly accurate and the connected nature of all the other Google services means that the potential to expand on this technology is never-ending, to the point that seeing a drone in the sky will no longer be a subject of terror, but as familiar as a cloud or bird.
Google is also working on Project Titan, which uses solar-powered drones to provide internet access from what are effectively atmospheric satellites. Like Project Loon, which is also designed to connect people in more remote areas, the potential for this technology is huge, and as both projects blossom, we will start to see safety improve alongside efficiency.
As roads become more congested and available land to build infrastructure on becomes rarer, it makes perfect sense to take to the skies. Drones can benefit our lives in a myriad of ways that we can barely imagine today.