An experimental service for the delivery of drones from the company Wing growing fast. The company reported that the volume of supply has increased more than twice since the start of service on October 18. Wing did not disclose the total amount of deliveries, but the growth is a positive sign.
At the time of the launch of a pilot project Wing clients in Christiansburg (West Virginia) had three options of delivery:
to order a number of products in the pharmacy Walgreens;
to order products in a local shop Sugar Magnolia;
delivery on schedule via FedEx.
Now Wing added two more local businesses in services for Autonomous delivery using drones. Mockingbird cafe offers pastries and Brugh Coffee beans and coffee, brewed in a cold way. Wing also in response to the pandemic Covid-19 expanded the number of pharmacy products that can be delivered.
“We believe that our technology at the moment can be really helpful, because delivery drones does not require any contact between people”, – said the press-Secretary Wing Alex Dennett (Dennett Alexa) in an interview with reporters WSLS (NBC affiliate News).
Wing, owned by Google, has become the first company engaged in the supply of consumer goods with drones in the United States. She was also the first operator, which is recognized as the air carrier under Part 135 certification from the Federal aviation Agency of the United States.
Since then, UPS has also got the certification of Part 135. Currently, the company UPS Forward Flight, a subsidiary of the company for the delivery of unmanned aerial vehicles engaged in the delivery of medical samples on College campuses. In accordance with its name, the Wing operates drones with wings that can operate more efficiently than conventional quadcopters on delivery over long distances. However, the Wing drones also have the capability of vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL).
In addition to the tests in Virginia Wing carries out delivery of goods in Canberra and Logan (Australia) and Helsinki (Finland).