Alphabet's Wing drone delivery service to launch test program in Virginia

CNET | 9/19/2019 | Richard Nieva
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Wing is testing a drone delivery service.

Alphabet's Wing drone delivery service is finally taking off in the US. Wing, owned by Google's parent company, said Thursday that it's launching a test program next month for its unmanned aircraft in Christiansburg, Virginia. For the test, Wing is partnering with FedEx and Walgreens for home deliveries.

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The company said customers in the area will be able to use the service with an app to receive packages. At Walgreens, people will be able to buy things like cold and allergy medicines and kids' snacks like Goldfish and gummy bears. Wing is also partnering with Sugar Magnolia, a local retailer in Southwest Virginia, to deliver sweets, stationery and paper goods. For the test program, the deliveries will be free, though customers still have to transact with the retailers.

"This will be the most advanced drone delivery trial in the us," James Burgess, CEO of Wing, said on a press conference call. "We're very excited about the promise."

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Wing partnered with Walgreens and FedEx.

Here's how the delivery process will work: The drones will take off from and land at a nearby service center. They'll fly about 100 to 200 feet in the air. When the drone is ready to drop off a package, it'll hover at about 23 feet and lower the box with a tether to a backyard or doorstep. Wing's drones weigh about 10 pounds and will be able to carry packages that weigh about 2 to 3 pounds, Burgess said. The aircraft will fly 60...
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