Wing is expanding its drone delivery service to Ireland in the coming weeks

Due to evolving regulations in the EU regarding unmanned air traffic regulations, drone delivery company Wing today announced a new service area in Lusk, Ireland, to begin sometime in the coming weeks.

Wing currently offers drone deliveries in four other cities (Christiansburg, Virginia; Helsinki, Finland; and Logan and Canberra, Australia), with Lusk, Ireland soon to be the fifth. Wing says it chose Ireland as its next operational area because the country has embraced drone technology and appears to be a “great incubator for future innovation”. The company claims it uses existing partnerships and permits granted in Finland to support its operations in Ireland, including recognition by the IAA (Irish Aviation Authority).

The company hopes to use Lusk as a testbed to expand its European operations and gain more experience when it comes to integrating its service with the local community. However, since Lusk has fewer than 10,000 residents, Wing’s next expansion will be smaller as the company admits its operations in Ireland will function differently than its other commercial services in the US, Australia and Finland.

According to Wing, the company recently completed its 300,000th drone delivery as it continues to explore ways to use autonomous flying vehicles to replace deliveries made by less efficient, gas-based cars.

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