Wing, the Google-owned drone delivery service, is suspended in Australia due to repeated attacks on aircraft by birds.
Crows do not seem to appreciate the presence ofin the Australian sky. And the birds are not afraid of the imposing delivery drones of Wing, a subsidiary of Alphabet (Google), since they have attacked them on several occasions. As a result, after delivering 10,000 cups of coffee, 1,700 children’s snacks, 1,200 roast chickens, 2,700 sushi rolls and 1,000 chopsticks, to Logan, Australia, the service suspends its activities due to the aggressive behavior of .
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In an amateur video, we can also see the impressive attack of awhich rushes on of a on while he is depositing his package. The animal grabs onto one of the drone’s tails and tries to destabilize it. It makes him lose altitude before letting go. In fact, the Wing entity based in the country is waiting for the assess bird behavior to determine how to resume flight. But already, to avoid injuring the birds with their invisible propellers when they turn, the drones are equipped with protections.
One of the attacks was filmed by Ben Roberts. This Australian orders coffee every morning with the service. Does such a deployment of resources for a café annoy the crows? © Ben Roberts
Extremely rare attacks
So far there hasn’t been a crash, but it’s only a matter of time. Wing found that these aggressive behaviors are more common during times ofand they do not concern all of birds. The operator therefore took care to modify the flight plans to avoid nesting areas. Besides crows, magpies, hawks and also carry out this kind of attack. In the case of , for bird watchers, despite being known to rule over its territory, the animal is not known to attack drones. Given its , it is conceivable that it is the contents of the package, identified as food, which could encourage it to destabilize the drone. Finally, Wing emphasizes that this kind of attack is extremely rare compared to the number of deliveries made.