DGCA GRANTS PERMISSION FOR FOOD DELIVERY VIA DRONES IN INDIA
The Director-General of Civil Aviation has selected 13 consortia to run pilot projects. Food startup-like Zomato, Swiggy and Dunzo has got the permission to test beyond the visual line of sight drone for deliveries. The budget airline Spicejet, Reliance backed drone startup Zomato, Swiggy and Dunzo are among the 13 consortia that have got the permission to test fly drones from the aviation regulator.
MEDICAL NEEDS WOULD BE FULFILLED ALONG WITH ESSENTIAL COMMODITIES
At least 100 hours of flight time has to be completed by the consortia. The airspace will be designated by the Airport Authority of India. The airspace would be designated by 30 September and the reports of consortia would be given to the Director-General of Civil Aviation. Budget Airline Spice jet said in May that it has got the permission to conduct drone trials. SpiceXpress will focus on delivering all the important things related to medical along with essential commodities including perishables after trials.
FOOD DELIVERY THROUGH DRONES IS NO LONGER JUST A DREAM
SpiceJet Chairman and Managing Director Ajay Singh said that testing of drone technology for last-mile connectivity and cost-effective cargo deliveries are a big leap in the air transportation of the essential and non-essential supplies in India. The founder of Zomato said that food delivery through drones is no longer just a dream. It’s about to become true. Last year, the famous food delivery startup Zomato successfully tried a test delivery with the help of drones in India.
FOOD DELIVERY WITHIN 15 MINUTES BY AERIAL ROUTE
As said by the CEO of Zomato Deepinder Goyal, the drone carried a payload of 5kg and covered 5km in 10 minutes. The speed of the drone was 80 km per hour. The aim of the food delivery chain was to deliver food to customers within 15 minutes. Deepinder Goyal said that food delivery within 15 minutes is only possible if the aerial route is followed. Roads are not efficient for very fast delivery. Zomato acquired local drone startup TechEagle in 2018 for a faster and smoother delivery.
CONTACTLESS DELIVERY- A STEP TOWARDS SOCIAL DISTANCING
Due to coronavirus pandemic, people are more conscious about their health. People have to be self-reliant to fight against COVID-19. The first step towards self-reliance is social distancing. In order to maintain the norms and protocols of social distancing, people are trying to be contactless from others. People are trying their best so that they don’t have to touch others. Many new ways of completing the task are formulated in every sector so that this disease may not spread to others. Everybody orders food at their home or workplace. Still, there is a danger for us. So people at food corners are thinking about new formations so that both the seller and buyer is safe. In such a condition, when the world is looking for new ways of contactless delivery, approval of drone startup would be a great hit and of course a game-changer.