After Robotics Play Google Grabs Droid-Maker

Amazon isnEUt the only company betting on drones. Google just snapped up Titan Aerospace, a two-year-old start-up that makes high-altitude drones, to help bring the Internet to the global masses.

EUTitan Aerospace and Google share a profound optimism about the potential for technology to improve the world,EU Google said in a statement. EUItEUs still early days, but atmospheric satellites could help bring Internet access to millions of people, and help solve other problems, including disaster relief and environmental damage like deforestation. ItEUs why weEUre so excited to welcome Titan Aerospace to the Google family.EU Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

In its own statement, Titan Aerospace said it is passionate about the potential for technology, and in particular, atmospheric satellites, to improve peopleEUs lives. EUItEUs still early days for the technology weEUre developing, and there are a lot of ways that we think we could help people, whether itEUs providing Internet connections in remote areas or helping monitor environmental damage like oil spills and deforestation,EU the company said.

In December, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos said his company was working on creating unmanned aircraft to deliver packages, but acknowledged that it would take years to advance the technology as well as for the Federal Aviation Administration to create the necessary rules and regulations.

Why Did Google Buy?

We caught up with Greg Sterling, principal analyst at Sterling Market Intelligence, to get his take on the acquisition. He told us Google probably has several motivations for inking the deal.

EUAmong them the possibility that this could support its Project Loon effort to extend the reach of the Internet to remote locations,EU Sterling said. With a tagline "Loon for all," Project Loon deploys balloons that float in the stratosphere, twice as high as airplanes and the weather.

As Google explains it, they are carried around the earth...

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