Alphabet company Wing is taking a first step toward opening their platform so Wing’s drone delivery service can be accessed via third party apps.To kick things off, they’re partnering with global on-demand delivery leader DoorDash for a pilot of this new functionality in Logan, Australia.
Starting this week, selected customers in the City of Logan will be able to order a range of convenience and grocery items, pantry staples, snacks, and household essentials directly through the DoorDash App and have them delivered by a Wing drone, typically in 15 minutes or less. Initially available to a small number of households, Wing will gradually expand availability in the coming months.
We’ve been working on this integration to allow Wing’s delivery service to be accessed through a third party app for some time, and we’re excited to be piloting it for the first time with DoorDash in Australia. It’s yet another step in our efforts to build a drone delivery service that is highly integrable and capable of scaling quickly.
To this end, Wing has already started to transform their operations, moving them closer to retailers so the service can be deployed more quickly, easily, and economically. In Australia, Wing has set up a drone delivery hub on the rooftop of Grand Plaza shopping centre at Browns Plains. In Dallas, they have evolved this concept into their first “store-to-door” operation. And just recently Wing announced an expansion of this model to Australia’s Gold Coast.
We see this new functionality as a logical step on this journey to make drone delivery a plug-and-play option for more businesses and consumers – no matter what app they use.
The pilot program in Logan continues Wing’s advancement in drone delivery services and technologies in the City of Logan, and consolidates Logan’s status as the drone delivery capital of the world.