Google’s Project Wing Is Developing Delivery Drones

Cooking up devices in its secretive laboratories

Google's Project Wing drone

It's a bird, it's a plane, it's a Google drone? The Silicon Valley-based research laboratory, Google X, announced on Thursday that it is looking into developing the pilot-less flying devices. The Project Wing drones will theoretically be able to deliver packages within minutes of getting a destination.

"We have been exploring this area for the last couple of years, and we've now hired a new team lead to take us from research to product," a Google rep said in an email. "We have capped our two years of research with a trip to Australia for some test flights—a couple of weeks ago we delivered packages to two farmers in Australia."

Google added to the BBC that it hopes the drones will be able to bring disaster aid in hard-to-reach areas.

The tech giant purchased drone maker Titan Aerospace in April. At the time, the company told CNN that it was seeking the technology to help improve global Internet access and aid in disaster relief.

But, the idea of delivery drones isn't coming out of left field: Amazon also announced that they were working on creating a similar product in Dec. 2013.

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