Intro: The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has given the green signal means permission to these food and grocery delivering e-commerce sites like Dunzo, Swiggy, and Zomato, alongside a number of other consortia, to begin testing drone deliveries in India.
Green Signal To Test Drone Deliveries In India
According to the reports the companies have received permission to test fly ‘Beyond Visual Line of Sight’ drones in some of the selected regions in India. The tests will see whether the drones carry payloads or survey vast areas, and it will begin in the first week of July. Throttle Aerospace received the approval in March along with Dunzo and said that it plans around 120 hours of flight time in the outskirts of Bengaluru.
Nagendran Kandasamy, who is the Founder, of Throttle Aerospace said:
“We will start flying from the first week of July and plan to clock around 120 hours of flights in two and a half months”, According to him, the company’s original plans were to begin the trial sooner. However, the plans changed due to the coronavirus pandemic and lockdowns.
The government had earlier originally announced plans to allow experimental long-range drone flights last year. The DGCA, last October, selected some of the seven firms out of 34 applicants to start the process in 2020, whilst rejecting the applications of the other 27 mainly on grounds of incomplete information.
All kind of Commercial deliveries through drones is still a nascent concept in most regions around the world, with very few countries even testing the technology on a large-scale. One of the first recorded delivery tests using a drone in India was conducted by Zomato in June 2019, when a hybrid drone successfully covered a distance of 5 km in about 10 minutes of the time interval, with a peak speed of 80 kmph, carrying a payload of 5 kgs.