The latest invention of Google
Google intends to market for equipment delivery drone, unmanned flying test these vehicles are in progress for more than two years, reports the Financial Times.
After two years of experiments in Australia, Google announced that they were successfully performed in 30 deliveries, drones carrying a first aid kit, a bottle of water and dog food.
First drone carried chocolate bars at a distance of one kilometer.
"Autonomous flying vehicles could open a whole new perspective on how to move things - including alternative faster, cheaper and consumes less resources compared to the means available to us today," Google explained in -a statement.
The first prototype drone created by the project 1.5 meters wide and 0.8 meters high and flying at an altitude of 40 to 60 meters.
Google also announced that it has appointed founder of Athena Technologies, which created the control drones, Dave Vos, leading a research team to turn in the "Project Wing" in a product.
Google continues thus competition with Amazon, which last December announced that it hopes to build in five years a technology enabling the delivery of products to customers using drones.
Despite advances in the construction of drones, there are still many limitations imposed by technological advances and legislation that must be overcome before such devices can be marketed.
Organization World Wildlife Fund (WWF) won a scholarship worth $ 5 million from Google, under the Global Impact Awards, the American company offers financial support to organizations that use innovative methods to solve the most difficult challenges of humanity .
WWF will use money from Google to expand a program in which anti-poaching experts use drones to identify and track criminals illegally hunting endangered species around the world.
Lee Poston, spokesman for WWF, does not use the word "drone" to refer to these vehicles because they do not want people to confuse the unmanned aircraft used by the United States Army to attack terrorists. Poston says that it's "sophisticated devices controlled by radio waves similar to those used by enthusiasts, which can be controlled from the iPad and other devices." However, the WWF website these vehicles are called "drones conservation."
Even before obtaining the grant from Google, the organization WWF has used these drones in national parks in Nepal. These flying vehicles are light enough to be launched by hand, having the ability to fly at speeds up to 30 km / h at an altitude of 200 meters, with a range of one hour. Rooms are equipped with these drones allow rangers on the ground to identify potential poachers, especially in places where it is difficult enough.
Funding provided by Google will allow WWF to expand this program in Asia and Africa to protect rhinos, elephants and tigers hunted by poachers. Also, the scholarship will be used to improve animal labeling technologies and specialized sensors.
"This grant will make a significant impact. Poachers, as organized groups that finance them, are becoming increasingly sophisticated, so the time has come for us to become more sophisticated, as it struggles to regain equal "commented Jan. Morrison, spokesman for WWF.
Google has reached an agreement to take over American drone manufacturer Titan Aerospace company that negotiated and Facebook this year, the acquisition is part of a broader struggle of the two IT giants to expand their influence and access to users in remote areas .
Titanium Aerospace produce drones can fly for several years using solar energy.