It appears that Alphabet (Google) is planning on delivering products via drones as early as 2017. The odd thing is that Google won't be using this much for their own product deliveries. Of course they will probably deliver those goods as well, but that wouldn't be enough to sustain the business model. It will be interesting to see if Google has the chops to come up against UPS, FedEx and the likes of Amazon. Who know, maybe Google themselves will be the private courier of the shopping giant.
The prototype flown in Australia, 1.5 meters (4.9 feet) wide and 0.8 meters (2.6 feet) tall, shares the same four-propeller quad copter design as popular consumer drones, but the company said consumers can expect to see new vehicle types and shapes as the project unfolds.