In December last year, Zomato had announced the acquisition of Lucknow-based startup TechEagle Innovations to carve a path toward drone-based food delivery in India. They have finally, successfully, tested the drone delivery as well now.
Zomato said the test was conducted using a hybrid drone that was able to cover a distance of 5 kms in about 10 minutes with a peak speed of 80 kmph while carrying a payload of 5 kgs. The test was conducted at a designated zone as per DGCA norms.
Delivery In A Jiffy
“The only possible way to reduce the average 30.5 minutes to 15 minutes is to take the aerial route – roads are not efficient for very fast delivery. 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,” Zomato founder and CEO Deepinder Goyal said. He added that while there are regulatory hurdles, the tech is ready for use.