It’s not just Amazon that wants to use drones to deliver goods. Google has just revealed that it, too, has been working on a similarly ambitious plan, developing and testing its own unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) for the last two years.
The Web giant’s drone project is, as you might expect, in the hands of its Google X research facility, made famous by its work on things like Google Glass and its self-driving car.
Whereas Amazon envisages ferrying items such as books and toys between its fulfillment centers and customers’ homes, Google suggests its drones might one day be used to carry vital supplies to areas hit by natural disasters where roads may have been rendered impassable. “Even just a few of these, being able to shuttle nearly continuously, could service a very large number of people in an emergency situation,” Google X’s Astro Teller told the BBC. … (Read more)