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  • 29 August 2014, 11:30

Google Launches Delivery Drones In Video

Google's secretive research laboratory has built a fleet of drones designed to bypass earthbound traffic and speed up parcel deliveries.

A video released by the firm shows the ambitious scheme in practice, with a farmer in Australia receiving a packet of dog treats carried by one of the self-flying vehicles.

It come amid an escalating technological arms race with rival Amazon.com, which is also experimenting with drones to carry products to customers of its online store.

Google has called the programme Project Wing, but warned it was unlikely to be put into action for deliveries in the near future.

Nicholas Roy, Project Wing founder, said: "It's years from a product, but it is the first prototype that we want to stand behind."

The firm said test flights in Australia had also delivered a first aid kit, chocolate, and water to two farmers.

The project is the latest to emerge from Google's "X'' lab, which has also been working on innovations including self-driving cars.

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