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Alphabet unit to drop burritos by drone

Friday, 9 September 2016

US officials announced last week that Alphabet is joining tests for drone deliveries. Illustration by REUTERS.

SAN FRANCISCO: A team at Google parent Alphabet working on unmanned aerial systems this month will try out delivering burritos by drone on a college campus in Virginia.

Astro Teller, playfully referred to as the ‘Captain of Moonshots’ at an X lab created at Google to pursue big-vision projects such as drones and self-driving cars, said in a blog post that Project Wing team was ready to launch the test of a prototype drone delivery system.

US officials announced last week that Alphabet is joining tests for drone deliveries, as the White House unveiled accelerated rulemaking for commercial unmanned aircraft operations.

Teller said that a Wing prototype is ready for testing and that the team will run hundreds of flights in Virginia over the course of several days to deliver lunches prepared in an on-site food truck by Mexican food chain Chipotle.

The Project Wing team opted to try out delivering food to create operating challenges including “a lunchtime rush of burrito orders” as well as having to get food to customers hot and in the right shape, according to Teller.

At a “White House Drone Day” event last week, officials announced steps toward expanding rules for drone operations, including for newsgathering and commercial flights over populated areas, after a first set of regulations unveiled in June.

The government has registered more than 500,000 hobby drones in eight months, but sees a need for more rules for commercial operators, he added.

It has gone to other countries to test its evolving technology, and last month announced plans for test deliveries in Britain.

Source by: Internet

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