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Zomato successfully tests drone food packet delivery at 80kmph

Online ordering and food delivery platform Zomato on Wednesday said it has successfully tested its maiden drone delivery technology using a hybrid drone that covered a distance of five km in about 10 minutes with a peak speed of 80 kmph to deliver a food packet. The drone was tested last week at one of the remote sites approved by the DGCA. Such tests are done at very remote sites which are specially designed to conduct such tests, Zomato told IANS. However, the food aggregator did not reveal the exact location where the drone-delivered the package. According to the notification issued by Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) on May 13, interested companies have been asked to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) to the DGCA for conducting experimental Beyond Visual Line of Sight operations (BVLOS) of Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS)/Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS). The only possible way to reduce the average 30 minutes to 15 minutes is to take the aerial route. Roads are not efficient for very fast deliveries. 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, Deepinder Goyal, Founder and CEO, Zomato, said in a statement. While regulatory hurdles are not trivial, and the government s concerns need to be looked at from various (valid) points of view, the tech is ready to fly and I am confident that drone delivery will be commonplace sooner rather than later. The hybrid drone with a fusion of rotary wing and fixed wings carried a payload of five kg. Fully automated, each drone is currently being tested with (remote) pilot supervision to ensure safety. Over time, as the company collects more data, it is likely to do away with pilot supervision. Zomato had acquired TechEagle, a Lucknow-based drone startup, to solve issues such as reducing pollution and handling traffic in 2018 end. Currently, the average time required for the food delivery platform s biker fleet to deliver food is 30 minutes. Considering the increasing congestion on roads and pollution, using drones for delivery could be a game changer for metro cities as it would help scrape unnecessary traffic off the roads and direct it skyward, the company added. Top stories of the day The Dutch mystery: Man wanted is on temple run in Maharashtra Win Rs 10,000 if you find the truck that dumped this debris in south Mumbai Mumbai Crime: Man rapes teenage girl in Bandra, blackmails her with video Mumbai: Banned newspaper is still vendors first choice for serving food Meet Vasai s traffic stoppers who are being the change they wish to see Mumbai Crime: Chain-snatchers new modus ends at police station lock-up Mumbai: Chain-snatching cases drop but recovery still poor Thane Municipal Corporation unprepared for monsoon, says social activist Mumbai: Bad roads this year, too at Aarey Colony Mumbai on alert in wake of cyclone Vayu: Disaster Management Department For non-SSC students, internal marks won t count Shiv Sena, BJP start bickering over CM s post, seat-sharing Ujjwala Raut: Here s what the 41 year old supermodel of the 90s is doing now Worst crimes: These monstrous mothers murdered their children! Amruta Fadnavis wows with her soulful performance in Los Angeles These famous schools, colleges are also popular for Bollywood shoots Narendra Modi shares a hearty laugh with Sri Lanka President Bollywood celebs you probably don t know are related Do you know Tamannaah Bhatia made her Bollywood debut at age 15? When Shahid Kapoor went out of his way to help his on-screen sister-in-law Saif Ali Khan feels bad when he reaches home and finds Taimur asleep Here s how Shahid Kapoor transformed for Kabir Singh Malaika Arora and Tara Sutaria s Bandra outing is all things casual World Cup 2019: Team India watch Salman Khan s new movie Bharat World Cup 2019: Warm-up win vs India doesn t mean Kiwis are are hot! World Cup 2019: Steve Waugh compares Hardik Pandya with Lance Klusener Catch up on all the latest Crime, National, International and Hatke news here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates

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