New York (The Verge) — Alphabet’s nascent drone delivery service is booming theverge.com/2020/4/9/21214….
Alphabet’s drone delivery company Wing has seen a “significant” increase in demand in as people socially-distance during the COVID-19 pandemic. In the last two weeks the drones have made over 1,000 deliveries.
Wing currently offers its drone deliveries in a limited number of places worldwide. These include locations in Virginia, Finland, and Australia, where the company has partnered with local shops for deliveries. Customers use Wing’s app to make an order, and their deliveries can arrive within minutes thanks to drones that can travel at around 65 mph.
Although Wing’s drones are limited by the amount of weight they’re able to carry, their deliveries can happen without people needing to travel or to interact with one another. It’s great news for communities trying to practice good social distancing during the pandemic. In contrast, it’s much more difficult for human delivery drivers to keep their distance. — Jon Porter/@verge