11000 Volts Shock! Food delivery drone lands on power lines and then, THIS happened | Tech News

11000 Volts Shock! Food delivery drone lands on power lines and then, THIS happened

A drone owned Google’s parent landed on power lines. Know what happened.

By: HT TECH
| Updated on: Oct 01 2022, 22:18 IST
Now, you can Snapchat from the SKY! Check out Snapchat Pixy drone
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1/5 Developers at Snap Inc call Pixy a camera and while this is true, Pixy drone also has all the regular features of a consumer drone. Weighing just 101 grams, Snap claims the drone’s battery can last anywhere between 6 to 8 flights. (Snap Inc.)
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2/5 According to Tech Radar, the Pixy drone can reach a maximum height of 30 ft. which can be pre-determined. The drone moves along four preset paths that are stored in its memory, keeping the camera focused on you. (Snap Inc.)
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3/5 Although not the most technologically advanced, the Pixy drone is made for Snapchat enthusiasts. It works similar to Snap Spectacles and transmits photos and videos to Memories wirelessly. In terms of specs, Pixy has a 20MP sensor that shoots 12MP images and videos of 2.7k at 30 fps. (Snap Inc.)
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4/5 However, one shortcoming is that you cannot control the drone via your phone and you cannot see the captured images or videos until they have been transmitted to your device. Snap told TechRadar, and you can export your photos and videos to platforms other than Snapchat. (Pixabay)
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5/5 Snap also said that Pixy has a second camera and a sensor on the bottom that detects your hand for landing. It uses the camera on the front to take photos and video, but also to identify your face and body so it can track them for the photos and videos. (Snap Inc.)
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A drone crashed while delivering food in Australia, and left thousands without power. (Wing.com)

In a shocking incident, a food delivery drone owned by Google parent company Alphabet's subsidiary named Wing, accidentally landed on power lines in Brisbane, Australia. Instantly, it caught fire and “as a result, the network was shut down by energy firm Energex to respond to the incident,” The Verge reported. The incident left thousands without power for around 45 minutes, while 300 customers in the immediate vicinity of the power lines suffered a three-hour outage, ABC News reported.

“It landed on top of 11000 volts and whilst it didn't take out power, there was voltage tracking across the drone and the drone caught fire and fell to the ground. So we didn't actually have to get the drone off, as such, it actually caught fire and incinerated itself,” The Age report quoted Energex spokesman Danny Donald. Energex spokesman further mentioned that this is the first time that it has happened. He suggested that it could be due to some equipment malfunction. Surprisingly, the food was still hot inside the drone's delivery box when the crew got there.

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Energex requested to be careful

Energex spokesperson told ABC News that “Fifteen years ago, we asked people to be careful if they were giving their children kites for Christmas and where they were flying them. Now we're asking parents to be very careful with where their kids fly their drones.”

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However, Wing, a division of Google's parent company Alphabet, operated the drone instead of young children. Wing's drones can fly independently to deliver food and beverages over brief journeys that typically last less than 10 minutes. They can fly as hovering copters or fixed-wing aircraft. The company is currently active in three nations—the US, Finland, and Australia—but it has had particular success in suburban Australia. In Brisbane, where the accident happened, Wing offered delivery to over 100,000 customers as of August last year, and as of this March, it had completed about 200,000 deliveries.

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First Published Date: 01 Oct, 22:17 IST
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