Forget Uber Eats. Unmanned drones may soon be dropping food, coffee and even medicine from local shops into your backyard.
Google’s parent company Alphabet has chosen Logan in Queensland to launch its latest drone delivery service after conducting thousands of test flights in rural parts of the state and around the world.
The Wing service allows customers to order a range of items weighing up to 1.5 kg on a mobile app and have them air-delivered directly to their homes.
“Whether you’re a parent who forgot to pick up fresh bread for your kids school lunches, or you simply want to order your weekend coffee without having to drive to the shops, Wing is teaming up with local Logan businesses to give customers the opportunity to have a range of goods delivered in a handful of minutes,” Wing’s Australian head of operations Terrance Bouldin-Johnson said.
Queensland Innovation Minister Kate Jones said the initiative would also create jobs for drone pilots.
“Already we have some of the world leaders in drone tech and we’re investing more in this space than any other government in the country,” she said.
“Wing has the potential to shift the gear again in the use of drone technology for transportation by increasing access to goods, easing traffic congestion and helping to reduce carbon dioxide emissions.”
Logan City Council Director of Strategy and Sustainability David Hansen said Logan was embracing technology as start-ups and tech giants look to the area as a place to set up or expand.
The development application process and community consultations for the project will begin soon, with the first deliveries expected in the suburbs of Crestmead and Marsden by the end of the year.
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