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article imageGoogle’s Project Wing drone given White House boost

By Tim Sandle     Aug 5, 2016 in Technology
Washington D.c. - The development of drones received a boost this week when the U.S. government took steps to fast-track the development of civil and commercial applications for drones. This included giving the go-ahead to Google’s Project Wing.
While the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy has given the green light for around twelve public-private initiatives to explore the use of drones and unmanned aircraft system variants, much of the attention is upon the biggest player: Google (though, technically via Google's parent company Alphabet.) Google's drone project is called Project Wing. In total, the U.S. government is investing $35 million in funding over the next five years for research into how drones.
The Project Wing study concerns developing drones for delivery purposes. With White House backing, Google will carry out a practical research study at a specified test site in either Alaska, Nevada, New York, North Dakota, Texas or Virginia. The drones will fly at around 400 feet and the key part of the project is to assess whether drones can be successfully operated for delivery when out of the operator's line of sight.
As well as Google, another use of drones is the Bloodworks Northwest study to assess the feasibility of delivering blood products to remote communities. The study will be based on the communities of the San Juan Islands.
For receiving public money, the companies involved must pass on some data for other developers. According to Fortune, the White House has stated data from the project must be shared “with government partners to help regulators answer critical safety and human factors questions."
In related news, Amazon Prime Air received a boost from the British government. Amazon has been given clearance to explore the steps necessary to make the delivery of parcels by small drones a reality across British towns and cities. It seems that Amazon are to focus their drone development in the U.K., whereas Google will pioneer their drone system in the U.S.
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