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Friday, August 29, 2014

A Queensland, Australia, farm has become the unlikely testing ground of one of the most technologically advanced Google projects: autonomous drones that could potentially deliver anything from chocolate to life-saving medicines. Google's X division tested Project Wing earlier this month, the first time "non-Googlers" had been involved. Google X director Astro Teller said Project Wing's goal is ultimately to build a system for delivering small and medium sized packages within minutes to anyone using self-flying vehicles.

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"There's no reason we should all have a power drill in our garage when, at any one time, the world is using one hundredth of a percent of its power drills," he said from the company's headquarters in California.

"Also, there are situations like emergency response after a flood, or an earthquake, or a tornado, where bringing medicine or other supplies to people who are in need can be very valuable and time can be of the essence.

"We're looking at the whole spectrum of value that can be delivered using self-flying vehicles."

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This is so cool. Check out the VTOL flying wing they are using. I can't wait to order stuff and have it delivered to my front yard in half an hour.

It will take a major infrastructure build, but Google can do it.

#1 | Posted by HeliumRat at 2014-08-28 07:43 PM | Reply | Flag:

"I can't wait to order stuff and have it delivered to my front yard in half an hour."

I can't wait to shoot one of them down.

#2 | Posted by nullifidian at 2014-08-28 07:45 PM | Reply | Flag:

Kids will order an $8 pizza (or what ever) using a pre-paid master card.
When the pizza is delivered, they will grab it, and steel the drone also
LOL
(supermarkets loose thousands of shopping carts every week)

#3 | Posted by SammyAZ_RI at 2014-08-28 07:59 PM | Reply | Flag:

I can't wait to shoot one of them down.

#2 | Posted by nullifidian at 2014-08-28 07:45 PM | Reply | Flag:

www.latimes.com

Deer Trail residents will vote on offering licenses to shoot down unmanned aircraft that dare enter their airspace. Sales already number in the hundreds, with no signs yet of a drone invasion.

#4 | Posted by LarryMohr at 2014-08-28 08:04 PM | Reply | Flag:

#3 The gdrone doesn't land, pretty clever way of preventing theft of the drone. The flying wing quad copter is an interesting design as well.

#5 | Posted by bored at 2014-08-28 08:06 PM | Reply | Flag:

#2 We will use them to deliver concrete* and pave the Earth. Mu-hu-ha-ha-ha.

*only heretics believe we should use asphalt.

#6 | Posted by HeliumRat at 2014-08-28 08:13 PM | Reply | Flag:

"I can't wait to shoot one of them down."

#2 | Posted by nullifidian

Yeah, I prophesize a whole new illegal form of skeet shooting by lay-off and out-of-work UPS and Fed-Ex workers.

#7 | Posted by shane at 2014-08-29 04:37 PM | Reply | Flag:

#7. Americans will relish the day that global corporations paying taxes to China and not to the USA, will have their drones viewed as invaders and privacy/job stealers. They'll get what they deserve.

#8 | Posted by Robson at 2014-08-29 08:00 PM | Reply | Flag:

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