October 19, 2019

The Future Is Here: Google Begins Delivery by Drone

  • Flyover Country

By: Nate James

In Brief:

A Virginia town is the first to have some of its packages delivered by drones.

The Background:

In a scene that must resemble something from “The Jetsons,” Christiansburg, Virginia became the guinea pig for drone deliveries this week as “Wing,” a Google affiliate, began delivering FedEx and Walgreens packages.

The AP reports: “The drones will start with a flying radius of about 4 miles (6.5 kilometers) from Wing’s distribution facility in Christiansburg. The drones are capable of flying a 12-mile (19-kilometer) round trip, and Wing expects to widen its radius eventually, though it did not give a timeline for expansion.”

Why It Matters:

The advent of drone deliveries means the way our world – and economy – functions could change dramatically. Fewer cars, trucks, and people will be needed to do jobs they’ve done for decades.

Notable Quotes:

“I didn’t think I would live that long or it wouldn’t come in my lifetime, I’m thrilled.”

  • 81-year-old drone delivery customer, Susie Sensmeier 

 

Nate James writes from Texas.

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