The unmanned aerial vehicle project at X,
which we call Wing,
has as its aspiration to remove
the bulk of the remaining friction
from how we move physical things around in the physical world,
particularly the so-called last mile problem.
If you look at the history of how physical things
have been moved around in the physical world,
every time a chunk of the remaining friction
was removed from that process,
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boats, planes, trains, the automobile,
the Pony Express, the mail system,
every one of these things as we got more organized
and removed cost and complexity
from how physical things got moved around in the world.
The world became so different,
that it was impossible before hand to even predict
how different and how much better it would be
on the other side of that introduction.
We take for granted the remaining friction,
as though it’s natural and will continue forever.
If you could have anything that would fit in a bread box,
brought to you within one or two minutes,
you still have to pay for the thing that’s in the breadbox.
But it could be brought to you nearly for free,
then our world would be radically different.
Those batteries that are sitting in a drawer
in your house or apartment right now discharging,
you have those batteries, you’re wasting the planet,
because you think you might need a few of those batteries
before they fully discharge
on some Christmas morning or something.
But if you believed you could have any battery,
any shaped battery you want,
just in the moment you need it,
you wouldn’t bother holding all those batteries.
You probably have a hammer in your house or apartment.
Why do you have that hammer? You almost never use it.
And we all have to have a hammer for the occasional moment
when we want the hammer.
But we could probably share one hammer around 10,000 of us.
Think how much richer the world would be if we could have that.
How are we going to make it?
So that you could have the hammer just appear
within a moment or two when you want it?
You say I want a hammer,
you get a cup of coffee at the most, and the hammer is there.
And our proposal for how to do that
is that you can make small vehicles
that fly through the air quietly and very safely,
and bring to you whatever you want.
Our prediction is that
at first society will adopt these for the use of delivering food.
Food is something that almost everybody uses,
and that they use on a very regular basis.
There’s already a very robust food delivery market,
and people express an interest in having a lot more delivered to them,
with respect to food.
So that is likely to be the early adoption of this technology.
But the long run promise of being able to move things around,
inside of cities and suburban areas in particular,
without having to create more traffic congestion,
without of the carbon footprint
that comes from large trucks moving packages around,
without the sound and safety problems,
produced by large trucks moving around our city,
all of those problems can be solved
by flying what you want,
what you need right now to you through the air.
We’re public about the fact that…
we did more than a thousand flights last year in Wing,
and I would like to see at least 100 times that…
That many this year and 100 times as many the year after that.
and I don’t think that that’s at all out of the question.
There are regulatory conversations to be had,
and demonstrations of safety to be proven
as we step through this process
in the United States and in other countries.
And it’s important that we push hard on the technology,
but also work thoughtfully and responsibly,
with the regulators to demonstrate the safety,
and to build their confidence
in what we’re doing as we take each incremental step.