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July 05, 2019 Friday 03:10:28 PM IST

Zomato tests drone for aerial delivery

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Zomato, the online ordering and food delivery platform, has successfully tested its drone delivery technology. The hybrid drone with a fusion of rotary wing and fixed wings carried a payload of 5 kg. Fully automated, each drone is currently being tested with (remote) pilot supervision to ensure safety. The test, was a part of the company's attempts to reduce the time taken to make a food delivery to its customers. It comes months after Zomato had acquired Lucknow-based drone startupTechEagle to reduce food delivery time and solve other issues like pollution and traffic. Zomato also revealed that it is forming a consortium as per Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) guidelines to carry out experimental Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) drone operations. Zomato drone took about 10 minutes to reach a distance of 5 km with a peak speed of 80 kmph. Using drones for delivery could be a game changer for metro cities as it would help reduce road traffic, according to the company.

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