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Wing bringing delivery drones to Europe

Wing, a startup that is part of Alphabet, has announced a drone delivery pilot in Helsinki, Finland, beginning in the spring.

The company claims that its drones can deliver packages weighing up to 1.5kg within minutes of an order being placed. Wing kicked things off in 2014 in rural Queensland, Australia where it transported a first-aid kit, candy bars, dog treats, and water to farmers. Then in September 2016, it sent burritos to students at Virginia Tech in what was, at the time, the largest and longest drone delivery test on US soil.

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Most recently, it has completed hundreds of deliveries to the yards of several homes in the Australian Capital Territory and Queanbeyan regions of Australia. “The goal is to determine how to find the best route to a home and how to find a safe delivery spot in the yard. The Wing team is also learning how drone delivery might be useful in people’s everyday lives by transporting meals, groceries, medicine, and even spare car parts in the event of a breakdown,” it says.

Finland has been chosen for a European trial because Finnish people are "renowned for being early-adopters of new technologies," it adds.

Keep it down!

It recently emerged that Wing was re-tooling its offering to be less noisy, after Australian residents described the resulting sound as “a chainsaw gone ballistic." The company has been forced to slow down drone speeds and change flight paths.