Google’s parent company, Alphabet, will test its drone delivery service in Finland next year, it has announced. Helsinki will be the first European location for Wing, which has been testing drones in Australia. Its aircraft will deliver packages weighing up to 1.5kg (3.3lbs) within minutes of an order being placed.
It said it had chosen Finland for its European trial because Finnish people were “renowned for being early-adopters of new technologies”. For drone delivery services to be viable, the technology giants must show that their drones are safe and reliable. Critics also question whether the public will want noisy drones delivering goods in towns and cities. But Wing says drone delivery is “safer, faster and more environmentally friendly than ground delivery”.