23 March 2019

Google snaps up drone maker, Bloomberg says

Google Inc., already the owner of robotic and driverless car technologies, has acquired drone maker Titan Aerospace, hurtling the search giant into atmospheric data services, Bloomberg reported Tuesday.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed but it puts Google in the league of internet companies that have started experimenting with flying machines.

Last month, Facebook Inc. said it bought Ascenta, a British-based aerospace company that works with drones as part of a strategy to tap underserved areas.

In December, Amazon chief executive Jeff Bezos said the world’s largest online retailer is working with octocopters to deliver goods within a 10-mile radius from a company fulfillment center, with the aim of using the machines in four to five years, the report said.

Google has been looking for ways to offer online services through its Project Loon program, which it unveiled last year to help link people in remote areas to the internet using balloons and other autonomous airborne devices.

The drones provide high-resolution images of the earth, navigation and mapping services, and atmospheric monitoring systems.   

Last year, Google acquired Boston Dynamics Inc. which makes robots for the United States defense department. Google could connect Titan to other applications such as robotics and mapping services, an industry analyst was quoted as saying.

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