Wing, the Alphabet subsidiary focused on drone delivery, is really taking off. It’s drone delivery service is adding vendors and new items as it’s customer base dramatically grows.
Wing drones are delivering food, medicine and household goods during the coronavirus pandemic. The service is offered in a limited number of places (Virginia, Finland, and Australia) and has partnered with local shops for deliveries. Although limited by the amount of weight the drone can carry, they have expanded their options to include items like pasta, baby food, and bread among others.
Wing said it’s seeing customers in the US order health and wellness items from Walgreens, including medicine, toothpaste and toilet paper, and groceries like pasta, canned foods, fruit cups and baby food.
“We’re trying to support local businesses that aren’t able to open their doors by allowing them to deliver their products directly to customers’ homes,” Wing said. It pointed to a local bakery in Christiansburg, Virginia, which is now selling 50% more pastries via Wing on one weekend than it usually sells in store.
Will this be the push to make autonomous vehicles and drones commonplace?
”No one could have predicted coronavirus, but even we were surprised at the uptake of customers when ‘shelter in place’ came into Virginia,” Wing’s head of marketing and communications, Alexa Dennett, told Business Insider, “It’s really early days so it’s hard to know how coronavirus will shape our business’s strategy… Ultimately we would love many more households around the US and the world to have access to our technology.” Dennett declined to comment further on the company’s expansion plans.
Source: The Verge
Why it’s hot: Social distancing has increased demand for delivery, but this type of work exposes workers to COVID-19. Pushing the limits of contactless delivery can be the sure fire proof of concept many of these services have been waiting for.