Alphabet Inc.’s Wing unit elevated its leading technology official to head the company as it seeks to rapidly expand its drone delivery operations.
Adam Woodworth, who has spent his entire career designing new-age aircraft, was named Wing chief executive officer, the company said in an announcement.
“Adam’s involvement in just about everything Wing has been doing to date, and James’s continued advisory support, will allow us to continue to grow,”
Wing has become the world’s largest residential drone delivery service. In the first six weeks of this year, the company says it has performed 25,000 deliveries by drone, a 10-fold increase over the same period last year.
*Wing Drone tweet on their commercial flight
Flying high in the Texas skies ✈️ Catch a preview on what to expect from our commercial service, the first time ever that #dronedelivery will be available in a major US metro. https://t.co/nZGv0XD2pb#DeliveredByWing pic.twitter.com/BYXzxeXHIC
— Wing (@Wing) February 17, 2022
It does the most business in Australia, where it has begun deliveries from a mall in Logan City, near Brisbane.
- It has also been testing deliveries using its hybrid aircraft in Christiansburg, Virginia, and in Finland.
Wing, Amazon.com Inc.’s Prime Air and United Parcel Service Inc. are racing to develop drone delivery services in pursuit to revolutionize retailing and other commerce.
But the long term trajectory remains unclear, as U.S. regulators are still devising sets of rules for the new technology.