A patent filed by Google gives some new insight into its upcoming drone delivery service — known at the moment as Project Wing — might deliver your packages.
The patent was actually filed in 2014 but only recently was granted. In it, Google details plans for mobile delivery receptacles — effectively mailboxes on wheels — that communicate with the drones and when they sync up, the drone delivers the package to the receptacle, which then takes it to a holding facility.
Though the filing didn’t say for sure, the likely next step is that the customer will either pick up the package or it will be delivered to their address by local ground service.
Dave Vos, the head of Project Wing, said recently that the drone delivery service is still on track to launch sometime in 2017, assuming all regulatory obstacles are cleared.
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