Google completes first drone delivery in the US

(FILES) This handout image obtained on September 19, 2019 courtesy of Wing Aviation LLC

Subsidiary of Alphabet (Google) Wing is the first company in the United States to deliver packages by drone

Wing is owned by Google, received federal approval to make commercial deliveries by drone, it was the first company to receive the approval in the United States

The small Virginia town Christiansburg chosen as Wing’s test location, 22,000 residents can order products normally shipped by FedEx, medicine from Walgreens and a selection of candy from a local business—all of which will arrive via drone.

Wing already operates in two Australian cities and Helsinki, Wing released the statement that first drone-powered delivered took place on Friday afternoon in Christiansburg, “paving the way for the most advanced drone delivery service in the nation.”

One family used the Wing app to order Tylenol, cough drops, Vitamin C tablets, bottled water and tissues, the statement said.

An older resident ordered a birthday present for his wife. Although the majority of the delivery was done by a FedEx truck, the last mile was completed by drone.

The yellow and white drones are loaded with packages at a local center of operations called the “Nest,” where Wing employees pack them with up to three pounds (1.3 kilograms) of goods, deliverable within a six mile (10 kilometer) radius.

Once they have arrived at their destination, the drones don’t land. Instead, they hover above the house and lower the package with a cable. Other companies are working to launch similar services, most notably Amazon, UPS and Uber Eats.

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