World’s first commercial drone deliveries take to the skies in Australia

The world’s first commercial drone deliveries are underway in Australia after aviation authorities granted a license to a Google-funded startup.

Australia’s Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) gave approval to Wing – a subsidiary of Google’s parent company Alphabet – to deliver packages via drone, after a trial of the service proved successful.

Only around 100 homes in the suburbs of Canberra will initially be eligible for the drone deliveries, though a wider roll-out is expected.

Customers will be able to request a range of products to be delivered via drone through a dedicated app, including coffee, ice cream and medicine.

Deliveries can take as little as three minutes from the point of order, Wing claims, with average flights taking around five minutes.

Source: Civil Aviation Authority