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Zomato drone tests food packet delivery at 80kmph

IANS  |  New Delhi 

Online ordering and delivery platform on Wednesday said it has successfully tested its maiden delivery using a hybrid that covered a distance of five km in about 10 minutes with a peak speed of 80 kmph to deliver a packet.

"The was tested last week at one of the remote sites approved by the DGCA. Such tests are done at very remote sites which are especially designed to conduct such tests," told IANS.

However, the aggregator did not reveal the exact location where the drone delivered the package.

According to the notification issued by of Civil Aviation (DGCA) on May 13, interested companies have been asked to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) to the DGCA for conducting experimental Beyond Visual Line of Sight operations (BVLOS) of Remotely (RPAS)/Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS).

"The only possible way to reduce the average 30 minutes to 15 minutes is to take the aerial route. Roads are not efficient for very fast deliveries.

"We have been working towards building sustainable and safe delivery and with our first successful test, by drones is no longer just a pipe dream," Deepinder Goyal, Founder and CEO, Zomato, said in a statement.

"While regulatory hurdles are not trivial, and the government's concerns need to be looked at from various (valid) points of view, the tech is ready to fly and I am confident that drone delivery will be commonplace sooner rather than later."

The hybrid drone with a fusion of rotary wing and fixed wings carried a payload of five kg. Fully automated, each drone is currently being tested with (remote) pilot supervision to ensure safety.

Over time, as the company collects more data, it is likely to do away with the pilot supervision.

had acquired TechEagle, a Lucknow-based drone startup, to solve issues such as reducing pollution and handling traffic in 2018 end.

Currently, the average time required for the platform's biker fleet to deliver food is 30 minutes.

Considering the increasing congestion on roads and pollution, using drones for delivery could be a game changer for metro cities as it would help scrape unnecessary traffic off the roads and direct it skyward, the company added.

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First Published: Wed, June 12 2019. 17:08 IST
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