Internet giant Alphabet Inc, the new holding company expects to begin delivering packages to consumers via drones sometime in 2017, the executive in charge of its own drone attempt said on Monday.
David Vos, the leader for Alphabet’s Project Wing, said his business is in discussions with the Federal Aviation Administration and other stakeholders about setting up an air traffic control system for drones that would use mobile and Internet technology to coordinate unmanned aerial vehicle flights at elevations under 500 feet (152 meters).
“Our aim is to possess commercial company ready to go in 2017,” he told an audience at an air traffic control convention near Washington.
Alphabet and Amazon.com Inc are among an increasing variety of firms that mean to make package delivery by drone a reality. But drone deliveries will not be anticipated to take flight until subsequent to final rules are published by the FAA for commercial drone operations, which are anticipated early next year.
Two years after first research started, Project Wing was declared in August 2014 with a YouTube video showing a field test of its most feasible image in Australia.
The prototype flown in Australia, 1.5 meters (4.9 feet) wide and 0.8 meters (2.6 feet) tall, shares the same four-propeller quad copter design as popular consumer drones, but the firm said consumers can expect to see new vehicle kinds and shapes as the project unfolds.
With NASA, testing has been conducted by Project Wing inside the U.S..
Vos, who’s co-chair of an FAA task force charged with coming up with a drone registry, said a system for keeping UAV from other aircraft and identifying drone operators may be put in place within 12 months.
“We are pretty much on an effort here, working with the FAA, working with all the small UAV community and the aviation community at large, to move matters along,” vos said.
Vos said a drone registry, which the Obama administration hopes to set in position by Dec. 20, would be a first step toward a system that could use wireless telecommunications and Internet technology including cellphone programs to identify drones and keep UAV clear of other aircraft and restricted airspace.