Wing outlines plans for first U.S. drone delivery pilot

September 20, 2019
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by Josh Kern
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The company, a subsidiary of Google parent Alphabet, announced plans to partner with Walgreens, FedEx, and a local sweets company in Christiansburg, Virginia. The company will deliver packages in custom-made boxes that will carry items under 3 lbs, including over-the-counter medication and food. As we've discussed, Wing's pilot will have many limitations, including requirements for human operators as well as limited range and operating hours. Wing chose the location in Virginia due to its low population density, and while drone companies would like to eventually deploy in urban areas, it's unlikely due to noise and congestion issues. The pilot program will help gather more data that may show the FAA that Wing is ready to deploy elsewhere.

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