Alphabet’s Wing company is seeing an increase in customers using its delivered-by-drone service amid the coronavirus pandemic, Bloomberg reports.

What’s happening:

  • Customers have been using the company Wing for drone deliveries during the pandemic. Americans in Virginia have been buying products like toilet paper, baby foods and pastries during their quarantine.
  • Wing began a test program in October. It has now added a slew of new vendors to its list.
  • “The technology is particularly useful at a time when people are homebound in many cases and the need to limit human-to-human contact is important,” spokesman Jonathan Bass told Bloomberg.
  • The Christiansburg, Virginia, area increased the amount of deliveries, Bloomberg reports.

There are other ways to use drones

  • Drones aren’t just being used for deliveries. Americans have found multiple ways to use the technology to make experiences a little better during lockdown.
  • For one, Americans are using drone footage to give virtual tours to show off new locations, CNET reports.
  • The Chinese government, meanwhile, has used drones to find sick people who are walking around in the public arena, according to The Wall Street Journal. In a similar light, Britain has used drones to locate people violating social distancing orders and then sharing those videos on social media, according to The New York Times.
  • And then, in a really funny manner, drones are being used to walk the dog. People will stay inside and let their drones hold the dog leashes, according to the Daily Mail.