While Amazon had been toying with the idea of drone deliveries, Google has raised the bar with initiating yet another radical idea for an improvised and safer version of drone delivery services.
“Project Wing” is the new plan. The improved design has a full-computerized lock box with wheels to stop the drone from crashing into anything. The search giant filed for a patent of its new plan where the drone box would hold on to the package and the system would guard against potential dangers like drones crashing into homes, walls, or trees.
However, Google’s patent application is significantly different than that of Amazon’s (which was shown in one of Amazon’s commercials). Alphabet Inc. the American multinational conglomerate company has also pursued the similar idea but drone deliveries are not expected to take flight until the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) publishes final rules for commercial drone operations.
Google programmed the system to locate the destination and fly to a local delivery box that is equipped with infrared beacon transmitters that help guide the drone to close proximity. The drone then places the package on to the wheeled box. The box is guided automatically to a safe spot, a garage or the driveway until the recipient receives it.
Talks have also included the possibility of considering robotic legs so that it can walk to make the delivery using a robotic arm or a conveyor belt. Customers would receive notifications as to the whereabouts’ of their package through their phone or other preferred device.
The new plan may be a little complicated than the original, where the drones were to drop off package at door steps. But Google thought it to be risky for unprecedented casualties. Even the presence of power lines may create trouble locating a safe landing zone for the drone.
Nevertheless, the filing of the patent gives us a glimpse of Google’s new plan, which had been going on since 2012. Project leader Dave Vos said it could start delivering packages by 2017. But noting can still be said for certain for Google might even abandon the idea in whole!