A food delivery drone owned by Wing, a subsidiary of Google’s parent company, Alphabet, caught fire after getting caught on power lines in Australia.
According to reports, local electricity company, Energex, had to shut down the supply network to rectify the situation, leaving about 2,000 people without power for about 45 minutes.
The power lines were carrying about 11,000 volts and the drone caught fire before it fell to the ground. However, the company’s spokesperson confirmed that the incidence itself did not take out the power.
In a statement, Wing spokesperson said that the drone landing on the power line was because it had made a precautionary controlled landing. The person also claimed that it was the company that contacted Energex about the situation.
“Two hours later, during the retrieval process, there was a power outage in the area. We’re sorry for any inconvenience caused. We’re currently conducting a review of yesterday’s event,” Wing said.
For people living in Brisbane, where the incident occurred, it was a rare occurrence. Although, Danny Donald of Energex joked that the food was still hot inside the drone’s delivery box when the crew arrived at the scene.
Wing’s autonomous drones are operational in the US and Finland as well, but is mostly popular in Australian residential areas. Their journeys usually cover about 10 minutes and in Brisbane alone, the company said it has completed over 200,000 deliveries as of March 2022.
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