A Google-linked firm will start delivering takeaways and other small items to Canberra residents after the company received approval from aviation watchdogs in Australia on Tuesday (Apr 9).
Drone company “Wing” – an offshoot of Google’s parent company Alphabet – has been trialling deliveries for the last 18 months, but will now be able to go ahead full time.
“We have approved Wing Aviation Pty Ltd to operate ongoing delivery drone operations in North Canberra,” the Civil Aviation Safety Authority said on Tuesday.
The company said it had been delivering “food and drinks, over-the-counter chemist items, and locally-made coffee and chocolate”.
About 3,000 deliveries were made, allowing regulators to judge the project was safe, leading to the first commercial approval in Australia and one of the first anywhere in the world.