What’s Behind Alphabet’s X: The Moonshot Factory

What’s Behind Alphabet’s X: The Moonshot Factory

Summary:Alphabet X’s portfolio of semisecret projects hit on many key future investment themes.A number of X’s projects involve completely autonomous services, from cars to delivery drones.Disruptive high tech startups have been getting bought up by firms like Alphabet.Alphabet’s moonshot factory, X, is trying to solve huge problems with breakthrough technologies and seemingly radical solutions to make the world a better place. While investors can obviously participate by owning Alphabet, the projects they are working on could be forward looking investment ideas as well.X’s ambitious semisecret projects include a self-driving car, Wi-Fi for the world, a more efficient wind turbine, and automated aircraft, to name a few. What we know is limited with respect to their other projects, but these industries are ripe for disruption. The first mover with sweeping innovation will likely gain traction and become the leader in its respective space. Below are some of X’s projects that might become game changers.Project WingDrones are not just the newest toy for cameramen and aviation fans. X plans on delivering everything from consumer goods to emergency medical supplies via this technology, unmanned. Completely automated delivery of goods is expected to be a billion dollar market in the near future, despite the first legal drone delivery in the U.S. having been done just one year ago. The company was surprisingly not X, Amazon, or a large U.S. multinational firm.  Flirtey, an Australian startup, was actually the first company to get the green light from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Flirtey’s first legal drone mission delivered medical supplies to a health care clinic in rural Virginia, a historical moment for the drone...