Google spinoff’s drone delivery business first to get FAA approval [VIDEO]

An offshoot of Alphabet Inc.’s Google has become the first drone operator to receive government approval as an airline, an important step that gives it the legal authority to begin dropping products to actual customers. The subsidiary, Wing Aviation LLC, now has the same certifications that smaller airlines receive from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration and the Department of […]

Google makes major e-commerce investment in China’s

In its latest foray into the e-commerce logistics world, Google has invested US$550 million in Beijing-based, giving the Silicon Valley giant greater access to services for global markets, including Southeast Asia, the United States, and Europe. The partnership is illustrative of both a growing focus on cross-border e-commerce, and the tendency of dominant e-tailers in […]

Waymo tests self-driving trucks in Google’s Atlanta network

Science fiction is coming to fruition as self-driving car company Waymo prepares to deploy autonomous trucks at Google’s ground operations in Atlanta. The trucks will be integrated into Google’s transportation network, carrying cargo from factories to distribution centers, ports and terminals – the hub setting providing an ideal environment to test the technology’s practicality. Waymo […]

New report touts potential of Southeast Asia’s e-commerce

Although a new study by Google and Singapore’s sovereign wealth fund Temasek projects the  Southeast Asian e-commerce market to reach US$200 billion by 2025, the region’s air cargo capabilities remain underdeveloped, according to Cainiao, the logistics unit of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba. This week’s Temasek-Google report underscores just how important the market will become in […]

The shape of airspace to come?

In July, at the NASA-AUVSI (Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems Inter­national) Unmanned Traffic Convention 2015, at NASA’s Ames Research Center, several drone systems operators presented their vision of what the skies would look like in a world full of approved cargo drones, and how these vehicles would be designed to avoid collisions and other mishaps. […]

New FAA rules prohibit cargo delivery by drone

If you want to deliver cargo by drone in the United States, the Federal Aviation Administration may have just grounded your plans. Under the recently released rules proposed by the FAA for operating non-recreational unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) under 55 pounds, delivery of packages by drone would be prohibited in the U.S. The FAA rules, […]