Loon will work with mobile network operators globally to bring internet access to unconnected and under-connected people around the world. Wing is building a drone delivery system to improve the speed, cost, and environmental impact of transporting goods, and an unmanned-traffic management platform to safely route drones through the skies.
Other X-lab graduates are Waymo (self-driving cars), Chronicle (Cybersecurity) and Verily (Applying tech and data science to work on disease cures). X-lab is still working on robotics, free-space optics and Glass.
The core elements of Google’s Drone management platform:
* Real-time route planning for UAS that are flying in the same area
* Notifications to alert operators of any unexpected changes in the aircraft or route during flight
* Airspace notifications that allow operators to avoid FAA no-fly zones and safety-sensitive areas (for example: forest fires). An airspace restriction that we simulated as part of our testing is shown below.