Alphabet unveils app to provide air-traffic control for drones


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  • Tuesday, 16 Jul 2019

This undated image provided by Google shows a Project Wing drone vehicle during delivery. Google's secretive research laboratory is trying to build a fleet of drones designed to bypass earthbound traffic so packages can be delivered to people more quickly. The ambitious program announced Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014, escalates Google's technological arms race with rival Amazon.com Inc., which also is experimenting with self-flying vehicles to carry merchandise bought by customers of its online store. (AP Photo/Google)

The company that brought you free digital maps and email wants to do the same thing for your drone. 

Wing LLC, an offshoot of Alphabet Inc’s Google, on July 16 unveiled a new app it calls OpenSky that it hopes will become the basis for a full-fledged air-traffic control system to manage the expected growth of this new class of flying devices. 

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