Alphabet owned drone-delivery service Wing has launched its first commercial air delivery service in North Canberra partnering with a number of local businesses.
The company will be delivering a number of items including fresh food, hot coffee or over-the-counter chemist items.
Users can order their goods on the Wing app and the drone will deliver the products to a customer’s door in minutes, according to the company.
The suburbs eligible for delivery include Crace, Palmerston, and Franklin with Wing saying it expects to expand to more customers in Harrison and Gungahlin within the coming months.
In October 2017, the company trialled the delivery service with Chemist Warehouse and Mexican takeaway joint Guzman Y Gomez.
The companies Wing has teamed up with include, Kickstart Expresso, Capital Chemist, Pure Gelato, Jasper + Myrtle, Bakers Delight, Guzman Y Gomez, and Drummond Golf.
In a post Wing said, “We’re excited to connect with more local businesses in the Gungahlin area about how we can help them reach more customers faster, safer and more sustainable and encourage any local merchants who are interested in learning more to get in touch with us.
Over the past 18 months, Wing said it has delivered food, small household items and over the counter chemist products more than 3,000 times to Australian homes in Fernleigh Park, Royalla and Bonython communities.
Wing said, “[We] strongly believe that by working together with local policymakers, regulators, and communities, we can improve access to services, open up new economic opportunities, and better connect our cities.
“We look forward to continuing this dialogue with the Canberra community as we expand Wing’s service.”
Wing said the feedback it’s received during the trials has been valuable, helping it to refine its operations to better meet the needs and expectations of the communities in which it operates.
“We will continue to engage with the local community and stakeholders as we expand our service and are hosting community information stalls and delivery demonstrations in the serviceable areas over the next few weeks,” the company said.
Wing first began testing drone delivery in 2014.