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Alphabet's Drone Delivery Service Takes Off in Australia

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Priscilla Morrison | 11 April, 2019, 04:15

Project Wing launched its first commercial drone delivery service in Australia's capital.

To get the products, users will be required to order stuff via Wing's app and the order will be delivered to users' doorsteps via drones.

Wing will deliver fresh food to your door in Australia.

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According to Wing's website, the company's Australian drone facility is in the suburb of Mitchell, and service will begin in the suburbs of Crace, Palmerston, and Franklin "in the coming weeks".

The drone-delivery venture owned by Wing has allowed Google to defeat Amazon, which had claimed that it would ready its drone delivery service by 2018.

The drone-delivery service, which has been a part of the pilot program since 2014, is now available to a limited number of users and will eventually expand to more people and places. This Tuesday, the company received the "OK" from Australia's Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA). The deliveries will start with roughly 100 homes in the Canberra area. During the service's trial period, residents outside Canberra launched the Bonython Against Drones campaign, complaining loud drones disrupted the peace in local neighborhoods, BBC News reported. Instead, Wing teamed up with Mexican food chain Guzman Y Gomez and pharmaceutical retailer Chemist Warehouse for some advanced trials in October 2017. Under the permit, Wing is barred from flying its drones before 7AM between Monday and Saturday and 8AM on Sundays and public holidays. Wing is looking to partner with more companies in the future who are looking to "reach more customers faster, safer and more sustainably".

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