World's first commercial drone deliveries take to the skies in Australia

The world's 1st commercial drone deliveries are underway in Australia after Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) granted a license to Wing - a subsidiary of Alphabet - to deliver packages via drone during daylight hours.

Around 100 homes in the suburbs of Canberra will initially be eligible for the drone deliveries and will be able to request a range of products through a dedicated app, including coffee, ice cream and medicine.

Deliveries can take as little as 3 minutes from the point of order, with average flights taking around 5 minutes. The delivery drones must also fly at least 16 feet above humans, while also avoiding main roads where there is busy traffic.

Drone deliveries are anticipated to be worth between AU$30 million and AU$40 million to local businesses with food deliveries the most likely commercial opportunity.

(CILT)