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23rd May 19

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Wing gets FAA approval in step toward drone delivery

23rd May 19

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A subsidiary of Google's parent company has become the first drone-delivery company to receive a critical Federal Aviation Administration certification.

Wing was granted an air carrier certification, which clears it to make commercial deliveries in the United States. The company said in a Medium post-Tuesday that it's aiming to launch a delivery trial later this year. A Wing spokeswoman declined to say how many people would be served by the trial, how many drones will be involved, or what kind of goods would be delivered.

The drones can fly autonomously, but Wing will have certified pilots on the ground who can take control of the drones as a precaution. Wing, a part of Alphabet (GOOG) that began as a Google X project, said it has flown 70,000 test flights and made more than 3,000 deliveries in Australia. Earlier this month, Read More...

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