Drone delivery company, Project Wing, has been active in the Canberra suburbs since testing began halfway through 2017. Fast forward to earlier this year and the company had crept into more urbanised ACT areas, trialling deliveries for local companies such as a chemist and a fast-food outlet. However, although the ACT government has been backing the project, local residents have been far more wary, citing concerns about noise and safety particularly as CASA exempted the drone trial from the usual restrictions of having to operate at least 30 metres away from buildings and people.
Despite all the community debate, Project Wing has just announced a permanent household delivery service in Northern Canberra based out of a new warehouse in Mitchell. “We decided to invest in our first ever ongoing operation in Canberra because it’s a growing, innovative, city and Canberrans have a reputation as early adopters of new technology,” Wing’s James Ryan Burgess said.
“Our technology is the fastest way to transport packages in the city. It will be the least expensive as well, but also it’s safer to transport packages by drone than automobile by removing the miles driven and the car accidents we see on the road, as well as being environmentally friendly if electrically powered and there are no carbon emissions,” Burgess continued.
In-house modelling suggested that the reduction in on-the-road delivery vehicle congestion might avoid more than 70 road accidents a year and improve accessibility issues for the 13,000 disabled and 6,7000 elderly residents of the ACT.