Alphabet takes to the skies in Australia
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Alphabet takes to the skies in Australia

Silicon Valley giant Alphabet has started offering a delivery-by-drone service in Australia. The service, known as Wing, started testing way back in 2014 – but now it’s finally up and running, and will let users order a variety of items, including fresh food and coffee, for instant drone delivery. Orders will be placed through a mobile app.

Alphabet’s share price has risen by 16% so far this year

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Source: Yahoo Finance

In a blog post at the beginning of the week, Wing wrote that its new service was part of a vision where “everyone can have access to goods they need as soon as they need them, delivered straight to their doorstep.” Currently, that “everyone” only refers to “a limited set of eligible homes” in the suburbs of Crace, Palmerston, and Franklin. But the company promises further expansion in the coming weeks and months.

Summing up its service offering succinctly, Wing wrote: “Whether you’re a parent with a sick child at home and have run out of baby paracetamol, a busy professional who forgot to pick up fresh bread during your regular weekly shop, or you simply just want to order your morning flat white without the hassle of having to drive to the cafe, Wing has teamed up with local Canberra businesses to give customers the opportunity to have a range of goods delivered in a handful of minutes.”

Australia’s Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) said that Wing had “satisfied us that their operation meets an acceptable level of safety.” It added that the company had submitted a “safety case” which CASA evaluated: “following an assessment of the safety case, we have permitted Wing to operate over North Canberra and in closer proximity to a person, than out regulations would normally permit.” Although Wing’s piloting system is automated, CASA ensured “a licensed pilot is always at the helm.”

Disclosure
Dominion holds Alphabet, the parent company of Wing, in its Global Trends Managed Fund.


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