Online ordering and food delivery platform Zomato on Wednesday said it has successfully tested its maiden drone delivery technology using a hybrid drone that covered a distance of five km in about 10 minutes with a peak speed of 80 kmph to deliver a food packet.
However, the food aggregator did not reveal the exact location where the drone delivered the package.
According to the notification issued by Director General 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 Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS)/Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS).
“The only possible way to reduce the average 30 min to 15 min is to take the aerial route. Roads are not efficient for fast deliveries. “We have been working towards building sustainable and safe delivery technology and with our first successful test, food delivery by drones is no longer just a pipe dream,” said Deepinder Goyal, Founder-CEO, Zomato.
“While regulatory hurdles are not trivial, the tech is ready to fly and I am confident drone delivery will be commonplace sooner rather than later,” he said, adding the Centre’s valid concerns would be taken into account.