This inventor is one step closer to producing hoverbikes for people, but for now sci-fi fanatics can buy a 1/3-size prototype that flies up to 145mph.
So, Google has been working on delivery drones in secret for two years. This is, probably, some of the best news that people in the drone industry could have possibly gotten.That’s because, for an industry that’s supposedly going to be worth tens of billions of dollars within years of drones getting the Federal Aviation Administration’s go-ahead, it doesn’t really have that banner company with deep pockets to nudge the FAA into hurrying the heck up with its drone regulations. Over the last couple years, the FAA has dilly-dallied, frivolously threatened commercial drone pilots, and generally made it clear that it’s the biggest obstacle to drone innovation in this country.That’s why Google has been testing its drone tech in Australia and not in Mountain View
Google made waves on Thursday by revealing its secret project to deliver dog food to areas of rural Australia via drones
But why would Google, a company that has worked on projects like driverless cars, personal jet packs and a space elevator, want to deliver dog food — even if it is by flying robots?
Google is a massive company with a variety of exciting projects, but it makes money almost entirely from advertising. Space elevators are great, but they don’t pay the bills
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To stay competitive against companies like Facebook and Amazon, which are making major inroads on Google’s turf, the company must develop offerings to attract companies and users — including drone delivery. Read more..
Move over, AmazonGoogle has just entered the commercial drone arms race with Project Wing, an until-now secret program to develop “self-flying vehicles” to deliver small packages, similar to Amazon’s Prime Air.
Both programs are still years away from coming to fruition, with prototype drones — or, more accurately, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) — completing only the most basic of test flights. However, the drones have been in development for a while, with notably different approaches to drone design. Google has been working on drones for two years; Amazon announced its program in December of last year. Read more
Google’s entry into the drone business brings financial and lobbying heft that should help the fledging industry overcome technical and regulatory obstacles.