Google is introducing a drone for the Canadian market that it says will help improve safety in the air.
The new Google Qantas QX, launched today, is designed to help improve aviation safety, according to the company’s website.
It has the same size as a normal, non-drone aircraft, but with a camera stabilizer that can be used to zoom in or out on a scene, and is equipped with a 3D camera.
It is one of several new drone models Google has launched in Canada to address a growing demand for drones in the country.
The company says the new Qantans QX has an operational range of 300 kilometres, and it has an altimeter that can tell the difference between normal drones and drones with a 360-degree view.
Google says the Qantons QX is able to reach speeds of up to 25 kilometres per hour.
The Qantan QX uses a new version of the company-developed camera stabilizing technology.
The company says it is compatible with a wide range of aircraft and cameras.
The drone is designed for use in commercial flights, where the aircraft can take off from a dock, or to take off and land at a landing site.
Google says the company is working on software to make the Qants QX safer for pilots, and says it has partnered with the Canadian Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, which provides safety testing for drone use.
Google is currently looking for customers to test the QantaQX drone in Canada.
The drone has a price tag of $4,000, but Google says it will go on sale next year.
The Globe and Mail’s James B. Haines reports.