Google Buys the Drone Company Facebook Was After
The drone startup called Titan Aerospace, which is known for making high-flying robots, was acquired by Google Inc. Facebook had previously scoped the company as a potential acquisition target according to some reports. The details of the deal and purchase weren’t disclosed by Google, but is was made just after the social networking giant announced its own purchase of Ascenta, a competitor of Titan Aerospace, based in the UK for the purpose of its internet plans that span all over the world. High altitude drones are the main business point of both Ascenta and Titan Aerospace. The drones move around the edge of the planet’s atmosphere.
Therefore, they are able to give tech that could turn out to be crucial for cover the globe in omnipresent, cheap internet connectively that will eventually aid in bringing remote areas online. According to the reports, the search engine giant will use the tech and expertise of Titan Aerospace for contributing to Project Loon, which is the internet delivery project of the company based on balloons that it is working on currently. However, this is not all that the Titan drones can help the company with. High-quality images are also taken by the company’s robots in real time that could help Google immensely with its map initiatives and could also make a contribution to addressing issues like deforestation and promote disaster relief. This was said by a spokesperson of the internet giant.
Nevertheless, the primary goal is to expand the potential reach of Google and its network, which is in alignment with Facebook’s goal. When you are in the list of the wealthiest companies of the world and you have saturated your market; it doesn’t mean that you go into maintenance. You simply think about building new markets. The question is that why Titan Aerospace actually found an exit to Google appealing. It was said that because of its massive drones, the company had managed to spark an early interest amongst venture capitalists.
This was mostly because these drones have the capability of flying at a reported height of 65,000 feet for about three years, but there was also considerable risk involved in this venture, which made it difficult to find sustained investment if the company had chosen to stay independent. Recently, Google Inc. had demonstrated how the prototype balloons of its Loon project had the ability of moving around the globe in the very short period of time, but the network of internet providing machines could be made even better at globe-trotting with the use of drones because they would have a greater ability of responding to changing conditions and degree of control.
Both technologies could also be married through a hybrid system, which may be in the pipelines. Google has been busy making a string of robotics acquisitions and Titan Aerospace is just one of them. Boston Dynamics is also one of the seven other companies that Google has purchased for fueling its experimental robotics program led by Andy Rubin. The Loon project clearly shows off the company’s reasons for purchasing Titan.