Food Delivery In India Via Drones?

Pizza Delivery by Drone

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Food delivery via flying drones could soon become a reality in India. The Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has given a nod to food startups like Zomato, Swiggy and Dunzo to start testing beyond the visual line of sight (BVLOS) drones for deliveries. According to a report, budget airline SpiceJet, Reliance-backed drone startup Asteria Aerospace, Zomato, Swiggy and Dunzo are among 13 consortia that have received approvals from the aviation regulator to test fly drones.
Last year, India announced its plans to allow experimental long-range drone flights. The tests are likely to begin in the the first week of July. This will be India’s first step to develop local drone-based services. This consortia will need to complete at least 100 hours of flight time in the specific airspace designated by Airport Authority of India by September 30. They have to submit their reports to the DGCA.
“Testing of drone technology for last mile connectivity and cost-effective cargo deliveries are a big leap in the air transportation of essential and non-essential supplies in India,” SpiceJet chairman and managing director Ajay Singh said.
“Food delivery by drones is no longer just a pipe dream. It’s almost here,” the Zomato founder said earlier.
“Fifteen minutes is only possible if we take the aerial route – roads are not efficient for very fast delivery,” Goyal said. Zomato had also acquired local drone startup TechEagle in 2018 for faster and smoother delivery.
At a time when the world is looking for new ways for contactless delivery, the approval of drone delivery can prove to be a game-changer.

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