A Google partner used drones on Friday to deliver customers' Walgreens and FedEx purchases in a test conducted in a city in Virginia. The news follows the launch of an attempt to deliver drones in Wake County, North Carolina.
Wing, owned by Google's parent company Alphabet, received federal approval earlier this year for the commercial delivery of drones. It was the first drone company to receive US approval and beat Amazon Prime Air, which revealed its drone plans in 2013.
Earlier this month, UPS also received approval from the Federal Aviation Administration to fly delivery drones.  The groundbreaking use of drones to fly blood samples over a hospital campus in North Carolina was launched in March to expand its role in the economy and healthcare.
The Short Rides Between WakeMed Buildings for the First Time The Federal Aviation Administration has allowed regular commercial flights of drones, according to UPS and the drone company Matternet, who have worked with the hospital under the program.
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"This is a turning point and a historic moment, as this is the first FAA-approved use of a (drone) for routine flights that generate revenue," Bala Ganesh, Vice President UPS President Advanced Technology Group said in an interview before the announcement:
Wing worked with Walgreens, FedEx, and local gift shop Sugar Magnolia to conduct the tests in Christiansburg, Virginia. Walgreens customers in the city can order from a list of more than 100 items and bring them to their doors with drones.
The first customers to deliver Walgreens drones have ordered cough and cold medicine. A Wing drone also delivered a FedEx package of Dicks sporting goods to another family in the city.
Susie Sensmeier received a purple winter vest, which she had ordered from Dick's sporting goods and which was delivered to her front yard by a drone. The 81-year-old said she never thought she would see such a thing.
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"I did not think I would live that long, otherwise it would not happen in my life, I'm excited," she said.
The drones will begin A flight radius of about 6.5 kilometers from Wing's sales office in Christiansburg. The drones are capable of a 19-kilometer sightseeing flight, and Wing expects to increase his radius, although there was no schedule for the expansion.
Wing has already launched tests in Canberra and Logan City, Australia and Helsinki. Friday's flights, however, are the first commercial deliveries in the US since FAA received aerospace approval.
Wing CEO James Ryan Burgess noted the speed with which drones can deliver – sometimes within minutes of ordering and to have the environmental benefit of fewer vans on the road.
"We study urban trends, including congestion and environmental sustainability," he said. "We see the delivery of drones as a key element in solving these problems."
In Wing's Australia pilot, Burgess said many supplies are for food and cold medicine – things that people may need when they do Do not want to leave home. Another popular item for the delivery of drones is hot coffee, which the company supplies in cooperation with a local coffee house. The coffee stays hot because the delivery often takes less than four minutes.
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Data privacy and security concerns were a problem in the US with the increasing use of drones. But Burgess points out that Wing's delivery drones do not work with the same intentions as those flown for hobbies.
The goal of the drones of Wing is not to take pictures and videos, but to deliver safely. There are cameras on Wing drones that are used for navigation, but Burgess said the images would be processed aboard the plane and not streamed back to Wing's main servers.
Wing has hinted that an extension of the service to other cities is planned, but has not done so revealing details.