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Swiggy the food tech company all set to do drone deliveries, partnering with one of the leading drone companies, ARNA Technologies
With an increasing number of technological innovation taking place to fasten and smoothen the last mile journey, it becomes natural for the innovation companies to explore the latest avenues available to maximize the benefits for their customers.
Swiggy has partnered with ANRA Technologies and they have received a clearance from the Ministry of Defence (MoD), Directorate General of Aviation (DGCA), and Ministry of Civil Aviation to start drone trials for delivering food and medicine amid COVID-19 situation. The first sortie was launched on June 16, 2021. For the next few weeks, ARNA team will conduct Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) food and medical packages deliveries in Etah and Rupnagar district, in Uttar Pradesh and Punjab, India respectively. The company is excited about the potential benefits that the drones have to offer and are looking forward to the trials on BVLOS operations for the food delivery. Through their partnership with ANRA, they aim to put the long range proficiencies of drone technology to best use and accomplish some ground-breaking trials.
In the first trail, ARNA team showed how food packages can be easily delivered using drone as a medium. The food packages tend to be less than 1KG and is easily lifted by medium sized drone that have a load capacity of 3KG and 4KG.
Beside partnering with Swiggy for food delivery, the airspace management is also engaged in another similar project. For that, they have partnered with the Indian Institute of Technology, Ropar, and will focus on medical deliveries.
ANRA is the only UAS technology provider approved by the Government of India to lead two consortia as part of the new idea initiatives. One consortium consists of ANRA, along with their partner Swiggy, India institute of Technology, Ropar, and better drones which focus on food deliveries and the second consortium includes ANRA and India Institute of Technology- Ropar, and they will focus on medical deliveries.
The demand of delivery platform connects consumers to over one hundred thousand restaurants and stores in over 500 cities. India is looking at the operations to fast track its policies and prepare the local industry for a significant push into the drone services segment globally.