Google drones take Amazon war to the skies
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.