Dec 26, 2018 - Technology

An Australian suburb is ground zero for testing delivery drones

A delivery drone in China. Photo: Liu Xu/Xinhua via Getty Images

Alphabet subsidiary Wing is testing one of the world's biggest drone delivery projects in Bonython, a suburb of Australian capital Canberra, dividing neighbors over its intrusion into their daily lives, reports the Wall Street Journal.

Why it matters: While Amazon's long-promised drone delivery is still years away from overcoming regulatory hurdles, Bonython has become ground zero for Wing's advanced trial. The program allows residents to get household staples delivered in just minutes with no delivery fee, but the company must also contend with neighbors who complain of constant, loud flybys and messy packages delivered to the wrong homes.

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