Saturday, December 15, 2018

All you need to know about Zomato’s plans to bring drone food delivery to India

India got its own drone policy in August this year, but the country has not yet witnessed an uptick in drone usage. That could soon change as food delivery app Zomato has been taking steps towards making drone food delivery a reality in India.

Taking its first step in realising drone food delivery, Zomato acquired Lucknow-based start-up TechEagle Innovations.
TechEagle was founded in 2015 by Vikram Singh Meena, an alum of the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur. TechEagle largely focuses on developing customised unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) that are capable of carrying up to a 5 kg payload.

“While we are at a nascent stage, we believe that drones powering last-mile delivery is an inevitable part of the future. The factors which crippled the sector in the past years are now in favour its development,” a Zomato spokesperson told Live Mint when asked about the prospects of drone delivery in India.
“So, with the right set of people, favourable government regulations and aerial technological advancements, drone delivery will be a game changer in the food delivery space,” the spokesperson added.

According to the Live Mint report, Zomato said that it was working on coming up with hub-to-hub delivery networks and designing multi-rotor drones that could carry a payload of under 5 kg. The company is set to run a pilot programme in Delhi-NCR and eventually test it in other cities.

Zomato is also confident that its drone technology will be able to address the geographical challenges that India poses, such as India’s complex address system or its narrow lanes.
15/12/18 Elton Gomes/Qrius
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