Tuesday, October 08, 2019

Government of India’s policy on delivery drones taking wing

Bengaluru: Will a drone deliver your dinner home during a Dussehra holiday in the near future? The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has taken a small but significant next step in firming out the government’s policy on allowing drones for civilian and commercial purposes.
The DGCA has sought additional details from seven consortia that had applied to conduct long-range, or beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS), drone experiments. The seven that were picked were food and delivery companies Zomato, Swiggy and Dunzo, medical delivery providers Zipline and Redwing, and large enterprises Tata Advanced Systems and Honeywell.
The civil aviation authority also rejected 27 applicants, multiple people aware of the matter told ET. These individuals spoke off record.
Rejections were largely due to incomplete information furnished by the companies.
Zomato, Swiggy, Dunzo and Tata Advanced Systems did not respond to ET’s queries till press time Monday. Zipline and Redwing said they were waiting to receive approvals from the DGCA.
08/10/19 Alnoor Peermohamed/Economic Times
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