Indian Government has finally given a nod to Swiggy, Zomato, Dunzo along with 10 other hyper local startups to begin testing long range drone deliveries in India. The companies have reportedly finally received permission to fly “Beyond Visual Line of Sight” drones in selected regions of India to test deliveries. These test drones will carry payloads and survey various areas. The tests are expected to begin by the first week of July.
Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) originally announced the plans to experiment long-range drone deliveries in October last year. At that time, 34 applications were received by DGCA amongst which DGCA selected only 7 applicants and rejected the other 27 applications.
Commercial deliveries using drone has just began in other parts of the world and is beginning to show some signs of good future potential. The first delivery test using drone in India was conducted by Zomato in June 2019 when a hybrid drone was used to successfully cover a distance of 5 kms. in about 10 minutes with a maximum speed of 80 kmph. and a payload of 5 kgs.
If drone deliveries are to be considered in terms of its commercial viability, many logistic firms are already interested in using this technology as it will help them to make faster and cheaper contactless deliveries.
Throttle Aerospace System is one of the companies that have been selected to test this model and to begin with they will start testing deliveries of medicine in the first phase in outskirts of Bangalore by July.
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