Creepy or cool? By 2017, drones flying overhead will be so quiet you won't even know they're there.
That's according to a Google executive, who was recently chatting about drones at an Aero Club conference. He says the technology to deliver packages to your door with drones is already in place, and it's really quiet.
Dave Vos says Google[x]'s Project Wing is ready to go, from a technological standpoint (see video next page). Google wants to use Project Wing's drones to deliver products to you.
Vos says that'll be happening by 2017. The one problem is government regulations, according to Vos. The Federal Aviation Administration, which regulates drones, has been slow to issue regulations.
Since the beginning of this month, hobbyists now have to register drones weighing between 0.88 ounces and 55 pounds on the FAA's website. Plus, last summer the FAA approved some companies to fly drones for commercial purposes, including for farming, construction, real estate and more.
However, Vos says the FAA still has restrictions in place regarding flying more than one drone at a time, and other regulations that prevent Google and other companies from using drones to deliver products to you. The FAA is planning to issue more regulations this summer that may make it easier for Google[x] Project Wing to take flight.
Want to see Google[x] Project Wing in action? Check out this video of Google testing its drones to deliver products in Australia.