【谷歌Wing快递无人机前往欧洲】

【谷歌Wing快递无人机前往欧洲】谷歌的母公司Alphabet将于明年在芬兰测试其无人机配送服务。赫尔辛基将成为Wing的第一个欧洲分支机构,它的飞机将在下订单的几分钟内提供重达1.5千克(3.3磅)的包裹。至此,已经有包括Wing和亚马逊在内的几家公司正在开发无人机交付服务,但他们已经花了数年时间进行开发而没有启动。外媒评论称,为了使无人机交付服务可行,技术巨头必须证明他们的无人机是安全可靠的。批评者还质疑公众是否希望嘈杂的无人机在城镇和城市提供货物。但Wing表示无人机交付“比地面交付更安全,更快速,更环保”。

https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-46456694

Google's Wing delivery drones head to Europe

Google's parent company, Alphabet, will test its drone delivery service in Finland next year, it has announced.

Helsinki will be the first European location for Wing, which has been testing drones in Australia.

Its aircraft will deliver packages weighing up to 1.5kg (3.3lbs) within minutes of an order being placed.

Several companies, including Wing and Amazon, are developing drone delivery services but they have spent years in development without launching.

In December 2013, Amazon chief executive Jeff Bezos predicted his company's Prime Air delivery service would launch within five years.

However, its service is still in development.

Wing said its drones had made 55,000 journeys in Australia, delivering items such as medicine, coffee and household goods.

It said it had chosen Finland for its European trial because Finnish people were "renowned for being early-adopters of new technologies".

It has invited them to share what products they would like to see delivered by drone, with suggestions including breakfast, lunch, painkillers and household essentials.

Customers will be able to place an order using a smartphone app and the drone delivery will be offered free of charge during the trial period.

For drone delivery services to be viable, the technology giants must show that their drones are safe and reliable.

Critics also question whether the public will want noisy drones delivering goods in towns and cities.

But Wing says drone delivery is "safer, faster and more environmentally friendly than ground delivery".

Wing is part of Alphabet's Other Bets division, which includes self-driving car project Waymo and internet-delivery-balloon-maker Loon.


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