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Google tests airborne drones to deliver goods

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Aug
2014

By Alexei Oreskovic SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Google Inc is developing airborne drones capable of flying on their own and delivering anything from candy to medicine, the Internet company said on Thursday. The effort, which Google calls Project Wing, marks the companys latest expansion beyond its Web-based origins and could help Google break into lucrative markets such as commerce and package delivery, ratcheting up the competition with Amazon.com Inc. Google, the worlds largest Internet search engine, said it will take years of development to create a service with multiple vehicles flying multiple deliveries per day. An early version of the drone, which Google showcased in a video on its website, has a 1.5 meter-(yard-)wide wingspan and is capable of flying pre-programmed routes. These planes have much more in common with the Google self-driving car than the remote-controlled airplanes people fly in parks on weekends, Google said on its website, referring to the companys test fleet of automobiles that use sensors and radars to navigate city streets and freeways on their own.

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