Over the last year, Alphabet’s drone business Wing delivered 10,000 cups of coffee, 1,700 snack packs, and 1,200 roast chickens to consumers in Logan, Australia, according to a blog post detailing the company’s progress.
Wing debuted in Australia in 2019, following a series of drone trials that began in 2014. The service, which began as part of Alphabet’s experimental research division, allows users to order products such as food through a smartphone app and has now delivered over 100,000 times.
Wing aspires to deliver products to customers all around the world without relying on drivers or delivery vehicles, like other companies do. It’s why UPS, Uber, and Amazon are all experimenting with drone delivery.
According to a February blog post, the company works with more than 30 partners worldwide, including local coffee shops and larger corporations like Walgreens. Local companies can also contact the corporation directly to get engaged. Wing teamed up with a Virginia school district in 2020 to send library books to students during the pandemic.
Wing is the first drone delivery startup to receive approval from the US Federal Aviation Administration in 2019, allowing it to begin dropping packages. Wing began testing a service with Walgreens to deliver food, beverages, and over-the-counter drugs, as well as a trial with FedEx, in order to fill at least two dozen positions in the United States that year.