The 22-pound drone is hybrid aircraft able to take off vertically and then fly horizontally. Known as a "tail sitter," the drone has a blended wing design, meaning that most of the 5-foot craft is wing. Four electrically driven propellers give it lift and forward flight.
"Self-flying vehicles could open up entirely new approaches to moving things around-including options that are faster, cheaper, less wasteful, and more environmentally sensitive than the way we do things today," a Google spokesperson told Wired.
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When it arrives at its destination, it hovers over the delivery site and lowers the package to the ground using a cable and winch system.
In the video, the Australian dogs munch happily on their treats from above.
To get these kinds of drones flying in the United States, though, will take some effort. As Madrigal explains in the Atlantic piece, Google may have to do what they did with self-driving vehicles and lobby regulators on their behalf.
via The Atlantic