Google planning to begin package deliveries through drone by 2017

The idea of drones winging their way across the sky to deliver buyer’s shopping packages may have seemed unreasonable few years ago. Now Google is planning to begin delivering packages to clients using drones in 2017. According to Dave Fox, who leads the drone program Project Wing Google must in that year on a commercial basis begin deliveries drone.

Google is already offers a same day delivery service called Google Express. But its drones package deliveries system could speed up it delivers those goods.

Amazon and Google also have been testing drones designed to deliver small packages to customer’s homes but the concept that both have said is still years away. However, Walmart the world’s largest retailer wants to test drones for delivering products to entering a drone package deliveries clue with online competitors such as Amazon and Alphabet Google. Walmart asked the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for a waiver to test drones outdoors a week ago with a goal of ultimately using them to deliver goods packages to buyers.

David Vos who is the leader for Alphabet’s Project Wing, said his company is in talk with the FAA and other stakeholders about setting up an air traffic control system for drones that would use cellular and Internet technology to coordinate unmanned aerial vehicle flights at altitudes under 500 feet.

Vos said “a system for identifying drone operators and keeping UAV away from other aircraft could be set up within next 12 months. We’re pretty much on a campaign here, working with the FAA, working with the small UAV community and the aviation community at large, to move things along”

He also said Google would like to see low altitude “Class G” airspace carved out for drones, saying it would keep UAV away from most manned aircraft aside from low-flying helicopters, while enabling drones to fly over highly populated areas.

Alphabet and Amazon wants to make package delivery by drone a reality. But drone deliveries are not expected to take flight until after the FAA publishes final rules for commercial drone operations, which are expected early next year. The FAA has issued more than 2,000 waivers to businesses that want to use drones for photography, aerial surveillance, inspections and other purposes.

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