It seems that delivery through drones will provide a new way for having fast and secure delivery as online food delivery service provider, Zomato and Dunzo are expected to start the trials of their drone deliveries services this month.
What Is The Plan?
The management consulting firm Alternative Global India (AGI) will be assisting both Zomato and dunzo as a consulting partner to conduct these trials.
The homegrown food aggregator business, Zomato will be stating its testing in Alwar in Rajasthan.
While, hyperlocal delivery platform, Dunzo is planning to go through trials in the outskirts of Bengaluru.
AGI is a leading EV & Drone consulting firm in India which focuses on high growth industry vertices like electric vehicles (EV) and drones.
So far, 100 hours of trials are being planned for both companies with different focus areas.
As in the case of Zomato, these trials are targeting food and medicine delivery.
While for Dunzo, the focus will be on food, medicine and package delivery in both B2C and B2B models.
In the case of Dunzo, the drone delivery services will not be for last-mile delivery but from one hub to another, as notified by Ankit Kumar, the managing partner of the AGI.
So, there will be no change for the hyperlocal delivery services as it will be conducted through delivery agents only.
Consortium To Conduct Drone Projects
Prior to this, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has come up with 10 consortia to conduct “beyond visual line of sight” (BVLOS) drone projects for deliveries, surveillance and more Earlier in June.
The consortium included Spicejet, Dunzo, Asteria Aerospace, ShopX, Throttle Aerospace Systems, Asteria Aerospace, Saubika Consortium, ShopXOmnipresent Consortium, Swiggy’s ANRA Consortia A and B, Spicejet, Dhaksha Unmanned Systems and Zomato’s ClearSky Flight Consortium.
Currently, all the members of the Dunzo Air Consortium are undergoing regulatory security clearances and the trails are expected to be back on track in the coming weeks.
On the other hand, the members of Zomato’s consortium are also going through the security trials.
The Swiggy consortium will also be starting the trials soon.
Walmart also would be running a pilot project for the delivery of grocery and household products through automated drones with the assistance of end-to-end delivery firm Flytrex.