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Google is launching its Titan Internet drones this year

The plan could help provide Internet to the 4 billion who don't have it.

By Thor Benson
Google is launching its Titan Internet drones this year
Titan drone. Image by Titan Aerospace.

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., March 2 (UPI) -- Google's Sundar Pichai announced Monday at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona that Google will be launching its own drones in the next few months.

Titan, the company that makes the drone, was purchased by Google in 2014. Google plans to use the drones to beam Internet signals to communities that have no Internet access.

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The plan is similar to Google's Project Loon, which plans to distribute Internet using large balloons, and Pichai says the two projects will likely work in cooperation. Drones, he says, are much easier to control than balloons in many situations.

Titan is currently building a super lightweight solar-powered drone that will be able to go into the stratosphere and hover for certain time periods. These kinds of drones, according to Pichai, could even be useful in emergency situations where a place that usually has Internet access loses it temporarily.

There are currently 4 billion people in the world who don't have Internet access.

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