Drone deliveries cannot get here fast enough. But at the very least, there is progress in several parts of the world. In Australia for example, the Google-owned company Alphabet started branching out their testing sites for drone delivery.
Alphabet has been working on its drone delivery system for a while now. It took over 18 months of initial testing, as well as over 3000 confirmed deliveries before this new phase started. For the most part, they received positive results for their service. Now, focus shifts to Canberra, Australia, where they will start the next step in the process.
Here, the communities within reach of the drones would have the opportunity to order items. The items come from local shops as well, such as drug stores, groceries, and fast food places. The local businesses would then use Alphabet’s delivery drones to send out the packages. Alphabet promises that, since the homes are within the range of the drones, the items will arrive within minutes after ordering.
Delivery drones take to the skies, and are therefore not hindered by land problems such as traffic jams. This provides a faster access point, something that is sorely lacking with today’s more traditional methods of delivery. The drone deliveries are available to the local areas from seven in the morning until eight in the evening. This is to prevent any noise complaints when people are trying to get some sleep.
In the past, Alphabet’s drone delivery system received several complaints while testing. Residents in the area complained that the drones had very loud sounds accompanying them. The noise made several of the people in the area nervous, including the pets. When drones need to fly around an area a lot, it is a bad sign when people would describe it as ‘chainsaw noise’.
This incident led to Alphabet changing their delivery drone’s design to a much quieter model. They changed the rotors in previous cases, as well as alter routes to avoid more dense households.