The online marketplace has seen massive growth in the last decade in India. Not just e-commerce platforms but online food delivery portals have also gained huge popularity amongst consumers. Swiggy is one such online food delivery brand in the country which has been introducing new services to improve the doorstep delivery experience.
In the latest, the company is apparently gearing up for India’s first drone food delivery service. The food delivery company has teamed up with ANRA Technologies to initiate the food delivery via drone in the country. A new report from Gadget360 suggests that the brand has got necessary certifications and clearances from the government.
Swiggy has announced that the Ministry of Defense (MoD), aviation regulator Directorate General of Aviation (DGCA) and Ministry of Civil Aviation (MOCA) have given final clearance to its drone delivery partner ANRA Technologies to start testing drones to deliver food.
Additionally, a Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) operation clearance has been given to ANRA technologies using which the drone delivery tests are being conducted across the states. With the BVLOS certification in hand, the ANRA team is said to begin with the delivery trials in Uttar Pradesh’s Etah and Punjab’s Rupnagar districts. The company will be testing drone deliveries of both medical as well as food packages.
“We are excited about the potential that Drones offer and look forward to the trials on BVLOS operations for the use case of food delivery. Through our association with ANRA, we aim to put the long-range proficiencies of drone technology to best use and accomplish some ground-breaking trials,” Shilpa Gnaneshwar, principal program manager, Swiggy, said.
ANRA launched its first sortie on June 16 and displayed how medium-sized drones can pick up and delivery food packages. Recently, delivery app Dunzo’s drone partner Skye AirMobility got clearances for drone delivery of medicines in Telangana.
Currently, there is no specific timeline as to when this project will go live on a larger scale. However, with all the necessary clearances and trial runs, the company might soon begin doorstep drone food delivery in India. We are waiting for this advanced delivery option to become a reality in India. If everything goes smoothly, we can expect other online delivery giants to route this approach going forward.