Alphabet’s drone vision graduates into independent company

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Google’s parent companyAlphabet has expanded its portfolio of subsidiaries, now that two of its moonshot projects have become fully independent businesses.

X, an American semi-secret research-and-development facility founded by Google in January 2010 as Google X, operates as a subsidiary of Alphabet. X’s mission is to invent and launch “moonshot” technologies that aim to make the world a radically better place. A moonshot is defined by X as the intersection of a big problem, a radical solution, and breakthrough technology.

Alphabet’s drone delivery system, Wing, is designed to improve the speed, cost, and environmental impact of transporting goods.

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X’s moonshot captain, Astro Teller, announced yesterday that Wing, alongside balloon connectivity project Loon, has been launched as an independent business.

Teller said: “X’s job is to create radical new technologies and build a bridge from an idea to a proven concept. Now that the foundational technology for these projects is built, Loon and Wing are ready to take their products into the world; this is work best done outside of the prototyping-focused environment of X.

“With Loon and Wing now leaving X to join the ranks of graduates like Waymo, Chronicle and Verily, we can turn our resources to new moonshot adventures, as well as our ongoing work in robotics, free-space optics and Glass.”

Alphabet is an American multinational conglomerate that was created through a corporate restructuring of Google on October 2, 2015 and became the parent company of Google and several former Google subsidiaries.

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