Google drones take Ama­zon war to the skies

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Google is tak­ing its ri­valry against Ama­zon.com to the skies. The Google X lab­o­ra­tory di­vi­sion is de­vel­op­ing drones that can han­dle de­liv­er­ies, a move that will be in di­rect com­pe­ti­tion with the e-com­merce com­pany that is test­ing its own ship­ment ser­vice us­ing self-fly­ing ma­chines.

Google’s ini­tia­tive, called Project Wing, aims to use drones to drop off goods quickly, it said. It will take a few years be­fore the sys­tem is ready for com­mer­cial use.

The com­pany said it had been ex­plor­ing the use of un­manned air­craft for about two years. Its dis­clo­sure of the project pits it in a race with Ama­zon, which an­nounced late last year its own plans to test drones to de­liver goods.

“Self-fly­ing ve­hi­cles could open up en­tirely new ap­proaches to mov­ing goods,” said Google. “Be­fore we de­velop our sys­tem, we want to go out and learn about more sit­u­a­tions in which aerial de­liv­ery could help peo­ple in their daily lives and jobs.”

Ear­lier this year, Google’s re­searchers tested Project Wing in Aus­tralia. The com­pany tested drones with two farm­ers who were de­liv­ered items in­clud­ing ra­dios, dog treats and cat­tle vac­cines.

– Bloomberg

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