With COVID19, social distancing and reduction in trips outside are changing how companies conduct their day-to-day business . Some of these establishments are turning to more contemporary solutions, like drone deliveries. For Alphabet's Wing drone delivery service which is the parent company for Google, this is good news. According to Business Insider and Bloomberg, customer sales have gone up since official lockdown orders took effect in many countries. Click "Read More" to learn more.
The technology is particularly useful at a time when people are staying at home many cases and there is a need for safe distancing and minimal contact. However, like any other tech service, Wing's drone deliveries are not perfect but it says it is helping bakeries, coffee shops, and even Walgreens and FedEx conduct business as usual. Yes, Fedex, they are supporting Fedex instead of competing with them for the same delivery space.
Drone deliveries are good at covering long distances over pretty short time given their light weight and excellent mobility. For Wing's drones, they can cover 9 to 10km within minutes at speed up to 100 KPH. Right now companies like FedEx and Walgreens along with local bakeries and coffee shops in various parts of Australia, Virginia, and Finland rely on Wing's technology to make sales.
However, for heavier deliveries. the drone are unable to deliver due to delivery capacity per drone. For now, only small and light items are only able to utilize Wing's drones. Another issue is privacy. At the moment, despite having a full resource page dedicated to the subject, Wing is not giving much information about privacy concerns, including surveillance, potential trespassing, hacking, and noise.
In September 2019, Wing acknowledged to The Washington Post that its drones had cameras that is provided to a small team of engineers for them to improve on safety and performance. Still, security experts are still worry that the drones can be hacked for other purposes.
For now, we can look forward to a future whereby drones can support our couriers in their delivery, pickup and etc. This will likely be possible in the next 3 to 5 years as many other companies are joining this sector like the drone team by UPS and Amazon.