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Alphabet’s drone division will begin trialing aerial deliveries in Finland next year

Alphabet’s drone division will begin trialing aerial deliveries in Finland next year

In July, I wrote about how Wing – one of Google X’s pet drone projects – “graduated” to become a full company under the Alphabet banner. Now, after months of testing its drone delivery service in Australia, the company is expanding to Europe with a trial planned in Finland next year.

Wing’s official website noted that the weather in Finland would help set a benchmark for the company’s delivery services:

Finns are internationally renowned for being early-adopters of new technologies, and we’re looking forward to working with the community and local businesses to find the best way to implement our services in the Helsinki area. Based on what we know about the winter weather in Finland, we’re pretty confident that if our drones can deliver here, they can deliver anywhere

Based on its four separate trials – flying more than a total of 55,000 journeys – the drone company claimed that the total carbon footprint of Wing’s system is 22 times lower than traditional delivery services.

Credit: Google X