A recent change in Indian Government BVLOS regulations may shortly allow the populace to order food from a favourite restaurant up to 30 km away and then have it delivered to their home via a drone in 30 minutes, reports suasnews.com. Other drone deliveries across India could also include general online and shop purchases as well as medicine and blood in cases of emergency.
Major retailer, ShopX, has created an innovative Drone Airtrain concept for delivery across Indian B2B value chains. This allows small retailers to pick drone delivery as an option to gain a wide range of products delivered to them between 30 and 60 minutes. Currently, such stores are limited by what they can hold on their limited shelf space from conventional supply chains which typically fulfil their needs just once a week. With AirTrain, they can access products, quickly and swiftly, thereby increasing their merchandise range and sales. ShopX is already running one of the largest eB2B retail networks in the country with over 2 Lakh retailers on its technology platform.
Meanwhile, robotics tech company Omnipresent recently carried out unmanned craft delivery trials to carry medical items for AIIMS hospital in Delhi. Also, the company has jointly done test deliveries in ShopX warehouses as well as developing an in-house AI Engine called the Nerve Centre that allows smart schedule planning and classification on-board the drone.
Omnipresent’s drones are already employed by more than seven state Government agencies for drone-based services covering agriculture, telecom, oil refineries, factories and survey applications. The company has already done over 1 lakh acre of agriculture and city mapping.
Company Founder, Aakash Sinha, said, “Our drones have been deployed in almost all Indian States now. They have been especially useful in significantly improving industrial factories and warehouses by offering them actionable insights on structural damage, catching theft, accurate stock calculation, virtual 3D tours and accurate mapping.”
Amit Sharma, CEO and Co-Founder of ShopX, commented, “Our partnership with Omnipresent, helps put India at the forefront of utilising drone tech. We intend to create a major supply chain especially for the retail segment.”
BVLOS operations and creating an automated Digital Sky platform will allow authorised drone operators to fly around nearly 80% of India (Green and Yellow Zones) . This could result in exponential growth within the drone market covering a host of applications related to E-commerce including food, medical and general merchandise delivery to cross-country mapping of highways, powerline and railroad inspections. It is expected the Indian drone services market could grow to around USD2 billion in the next 3 to 4 years.
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