After hearing about Facebook who wanted to buy the drone maker Titan Aerospace, Google has confirmed its acquisition and hinted that the technology could be used for a lot more than providing Internet access to remote parts of the world.
Titan makes unmanned, solar-powered aircraft that can fly at 65,000 feet and act as “atmospheric satellites,” beaming Internet access to parts of the world that are underserved today by wired and cellular networks.
That fits in with Google’s Project Loon, which is experimenting with high-altitude balloons as another way it can bring Internet access to remote areas.
Google is not limited in the idea of bringing the internet with those drone, they said that Titan’s drones could help in other areas, including disaster relief and combating environmental damage like deforestation.
Facebook and Amazon are also looking at drones as a way to expand their businesses and push into new areas. Amazon has discussed using drones for package delivery, while Facebook is exploring them for Internet access.