Google's Drone Food Delivery Service Will Debut In Australia This Week

Whenever you order food on whatever app you choose, you have to wait for cyclists to get to your place. If it's raining or the traffic is really bad, you can sometimes have to wait ages until you can feast on your delicious food.

Well, it's hoped a new service will cut that dramatically. Google's drone delivery service has been given the green light to operate in Canberra.

Credit: Wing
Credit: Wing

The Civil Aviation Authority said: "We have approved Wing Aviation Pty Ltd to operate ongoing delivery drone operations in North Canberra."

But it's not only going to be giving you Macca's on a hungover Sunday, it can also bring over-the-counter products from the chemist, locally-made coffee and chocolate.

You literally won't have to leave the home anymore.

Wing, the company that's an offshoot of Google's parent company Alphabet, has been trialling the technology over the past 18 months, making a whopping 3,000 deliveries to needy people.

The company says most deliveries can be completed in six to 10 minutes.

A statement on the website says: "Our delivery drones can pick up a package from a business or home, fly to a designated destination, and gently lower the package to the ground in a precise location (like a backyard or near a doorstep).

"Our drones map the best route to a designated location using our unmanned traffic management platform (UTM), which manages the drones' flight path from take-off to landing, making sure they plan routes around each other, buildings, trees, or anything else that might be in the way."

It will be slow to start, only being available in Canberra suburbs of Crace, Palmerston and Franklin, but it's expected to expand quickly.

Stewart Perrie

Stewart Perrie is a Trending Journalist at LADbible. His first job was as a newsreader and journalist at the award winning Sydney radio station, Macquarie Radio. He was solely responsible for the content broadcast on multiple stations across Australia when the MH17, Germanwings and AirAsia disasters unfolded. Stewart has covered the conflict in Syria for LADbible, interviewing a doctor on the front line, and has contributed to the hugely successful UOKM8 campaign.

Next Up

arrow-down arrow-left arrow-right arrow-up camera clock close comment cursor email facebook-messenger facebook Instagram link new-window phone play share snapchat submit twitter vine whatsapp logoInline safari-pinned-tab Created by potrace 1.11, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2013