Google is working on delivery drones too

Fortune

Google wants you to know that it too is experimenting with drones to ferry products to your doorstep.

On Thursday, the technology giant revealed that it – like Amazon.com – hopes to use small unmanned aircraft as a quicker and cheaper alternative to having drivers deliver your online orders. The project, which has been underway for two years, has already succeeded as a proof of concept, but there remains much work ahead before it is ready for a commercial premiere.

Google showed off the experiment in a video in which it showed a drone making a delivery to a ranch in Australia. In the test, the drone hovered a couple hundred feet overhead and used fishing line to lower a box containing dog biscuits to people waiting below.

Using location technology, the drone can determine where to fly to make the delivery and sense when someone has retrieved the contents…

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