What makes these drones so extraordinary, however, is the aircraft’s four electrically-driven propellers. This ‘dual mode’ allows the drone to take off and land without the use of a runway, not to mention the ability to hover in one spot. The vehicles will be pre-programmed with a destination and will be able to fly there quicker than “the more traditional quadcopter vehicles available commercially”, according to BBC’s Nigel Cassidy. All of this without being remotely controlled from the ground. These proposed flying drones were first only intended to deliver defibrillator kits, with Project Wing trials being successfully held in Australia, but Google has suggested that drones could become the new couriers of the future! They have now successfully delivery chocolate bars, dog treats and cattle vaccines to farmers in Queensland. “Self-flying vehicles could open up entirely new approaches to moving goods – including options that are cheaper, faster, less wasteful and more environmentally sensitive than what’s possible today,” Google announced. “Throughout history, major shifts in how we move goods from place to place have led to new opportunities for economic growth and generally made consumers’ lives easier. From steam ships to the railroads, from the postal service to delivery services like FedEx and DHL, speed has reshaped society not only with greater convenience but also by making more goods accessible to more people.” This is something that Amazon has a huge vested interest in as well, who had announced plans for delivery drones last year. So far little progress has been made. By Shané Schutte
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