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Swiggy, Zomato start trials to deliver food via drone

New Delhi, July 14 2021: Swiggy may be among the first food delivery and hyper local delivery  apps to harness drones, but not the last.
Dunzo and Zomato have also been according approval by the Ministry of Civil Aviation to  use drones to make their deliveries .
Swiggy is known to have partnered with Noida-based software company ANRA Technologies to  start trial deliveries very soon.
ANRA  on its part, has reportedly received the final clearances from Director General Civil Aviation and the Ministry of Civil Aviation to start Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) drone deliveries in the country. ANRA will start drone deliveries in Etah and Rupnagar districts using its proprietary SmartSkies technology. ANRA has also partnered with the Indian Institute of Technologies, Ropar to commence drone deliveries of medical packages.  The company launched its first sortie in India on June 16.
Says Founder and CEO Amit Ganjoo:  “ANRA’s deep roots in India and my personal family ties make me especially proud to have contributed to this historic moment for India, government stakeholders, and our partners. Knowing our technology may soon help deliver food and medical packages to underserved populations are what motivates and unifies our team.”
Adds Shilpa Gnaneshwar, Principal Programme Manager at Swiggy: “With an increasing number of technological innovations taking place to smoothen and fasten the last mile journey, it only becomes natural for us to explore the latest avenues available to maximize the benefit to our consumers. 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 gr
Zomato plans
“Food delivery by drones is no longer just a pipe dream. It’s almost here”, says Zomato  Founder-CEO Deepinder Goyal .Their  drone carries a payload of 5 kg covers 5 kms in 10 minutes,  and has a peak speed of 80 kmph.  Zomato hopes to deliver food to customer in less than 15 minutes.“Fifteen minutes is only possible if we take the aerial route. The roads are not efficient for very fast delivery,”  Goyal adds.  The company  has opted to have its own drone arm and  acquired local drone startup TechEagle in 2018.

Sources and more news on food delivery drones:
Swiggy To Deliver Food Using Drones, Got Approval and Funded By Zomato's Investors (flickonclick.com)
Swiggy To Deliver Food in India Using Drones | Beebom
Swiggy Will Deliver Your Food, Medicines Via Drones! Joins Forces With This Drone Alliance – Trak.in – Indian Business of Tech, Mobile & Startups
Swiggy may soon deliver food and medicines via drones in association with ANRA (yourstory.com)
Zomato, Swiggy & Dunzo join the league to deliver food via drones. (a2zblog.in)