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Swiggy successfully tests 300+ drone deliveries for food and medicines

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As part of a project awarded by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) and Ministry of Civil Aviation, the food delivery unicorn Swiggy in partnership with integrated airspace company ANRA Technologies has conducted trials of over 300 drone-led deliveries of food and medicines in India. 

Reportedly, the first such missions to be carried out in India, these trials are meant to help prepare for the next set of drone rules for Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) operations. 

The trial as per reports was conducted by ANRA’s flight team at the Indian Institute of Technology- Ropar campus in Punjab and Uttar Pradesh’s Etah district and used ANRA’s SmartSkies CTR and SmartSkies DELIVERY platforms which helped drone operators with tracking, monitoring, deconflicting, etc. 

In total, 352 drone trials were conducted for over 100 flight hours, covering 1,100 kilometers of incident-free operations. 

“The recently concluded pilot will help pave the way for users of commercial drones in enabling the middle and last-mile journey for our consumers,”.

Dale Vaz, chief technology officer (CTO), Swiggy

 As per the companies, the project was meant to help develop “independent, self-directed, and scalable” systems to manage and monitor BVLOS drone operations at scale. 

These operations require operators to factor in information on terrain, possible obstacles, airspace traffic, weather, and more. 

Moreover, these systems make the information available to service providers and send notifications to external stakeholders, including government agencies and public safety bodies.

According to the companies, the independent, self-directed, and scalable” system can ensure that only authenticated and approved drones are allowed to fly in the airspace. 

Government stakeholders and the Indian Air Force were provided with ANRA’s unmanned air traffic management (UTM) system, to help them with real-time situational awareness, monitoring, and approval of these experiments.  

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