Google’s sister company Wing has grounded its delivery drones in Australia following repeated and persistent attacks by ravens and other large birds.
Google‘s sister company Wing has been forced to ground its delivery drones in Australia following repeated and persistent attacks by ravens and other large birds. The company delivers food, beverages, medicines, office supplies, and other everyday essentials, and recently celebrated 100,000 deliveries, including more than 50,000 in the city of Logan, Australia, where the company says a drone delivery is made nearly once every 30 seconds during its service hours.
Alongside Canberra and Logan in Australia, Wing is also running its drone delivery operations in Christiansburg, Virginia, and Helsinki, Finland. The company claims that its deliveries grew 500% from 2019 to 2020, and its total deliveries in just the second quarter of this year surpassed its overall volume in all of 2020. Australia has been one of the pioneers in drone usage and even planned to use unmanned quadcopters to detect COVID-19 cases before privacy concerns put an end to that initiative.