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Zomato tests drone technology – Aims to deliver food in 15 minutes

An experiment was carried out within a delivery range of about 5 km and with a flight load of 5 kg

Zomato has just made a huge shift towards disrupting the food-delivery ecosystem as it successfully tested a drone for a non-commercial aerial delivery on Wednesday. The food-delivery app tested a hybrid drone built by TechEagle, which is a Lucknow based drone startup, which Zomato had acquired earlier.

This test was carried out in an attempt to reduce the delivery time of the meals as well as find a solution to traffic congestion and pollution. As per a report in IANS, this drone was tested in a remote site and had the necessary approval of the Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA).

The aforementioned experiment was carried out within a delivery range of about 5 km and with a flight load of 5 kg. There was a pilot present to keep an eye on any abnormality or problems in the flight.

This drone was fully automatic and consisted of a lightweight carrier as well as sensors in order to circumvent static objects in the way. There were two modes – namely the helicopter mode for a vertical takeoff and then an airplane mode for the transit to the delivery hub.

“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,” Deepinder Goyal, founder, and CEO, Zomato, told IANS.

Goyal further added that he aims to get food delivered within 15 minutes of ordering and according to him, this drone delivery will not be an exception but will be the norm in the coming years.

Back in 2018, the then  Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) legalised commercial drones in September. Jayant Sinha, who was the minister of state of civil aviation at that time, said that drone deliveries will boost logistics capabilities.

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