22 Dec

Your package has arrived via a flying drone that reads the text message on your phone. Drone delivery could soon become a reality in India. Some call it Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, styled as UAVs, some call it Flying Mini Robots, but popularly known as Drones, this is a technology worth reckoning. Shots at developing them are at a new high. Entrepreneurs from all marketing backgrounds endeavor to apply drones in their respective fields to employ convenience, more excellent safety, and ease-at-work.

Even the market revolving around package and food delivery seems to be booming around the usage of Drone, which reduces effort, workforce, and expenses. From the online shopping giant Amazon to food delivery apps like Zomato and Swiggy to Avianco, an aerospace and aviation technology solutions startup, every company that may benefit from a more innovative product delivery is after the development of Drone technology. In 2013, Jeff Bezos, Amazon CEO and Founder anticipated the worldwide popularization of drone delivery services. Just a year and a half ago, Amazon revealed Drones that were self-piloted, completely electric, had a high capacity of carriage, and speedy activity. However, in the next 21 months since, the world hasn't seen any proper usage of Amazon's drone delivery. Only months ago, Federal Aviation Administration granted Amazon the approval to use drones for delivery. Even before the Seattle-based Amazon did so, the Delivery Company IPS and a company owned by Google were approved to use drones for their businesses. However, Amazon is still in its testing phases before its drone delivery can be helmed at the delivery forefront.

In the same passage of time, food delivery startup Zomato's founder, CEO Deepinder Goyal has been very optimistic about the future of Drone Delivery Technology. Last year in June, he said, "Food delivery by drones is no longer just a pipe dream. It's almost here."

As may seem to be the case, the Avianco Founder and CEO Shravan Vatambeti, is the brain behind the revolution of drones in Indian startups like Zomato, Swiggy, and Dunzo. Through its SaaS (software-as-a-service) platform, dashboards, and software tools, the startup enables drone operators, including enterprises and individuals, to conduct their UAV operations "smoothly and seamlessly" in areas such as drone-based logistics, delivery, surveying, and surveillance.

Presently various technology at the helm with UAVs is Autopilot, Powertrain, and Ground Control System. Power trains enable drones to carry heavy loads without being very heavy themselves, and Ground Control Systems safeguards the Drone's flight. Several companies have been in this race of Drone delivery, namely Zipline, Wingcopter, UPS, Swoop aero, and others.

It has become highly pivotal to understand the future of Drone delivery as visioned by the technocrats. Drone delivery software is one at work in the computer labs to enable the operators to deploy and handle many drones simultaneously. Equally important is the vision of drones being highly capable of shaping their paths in no-fly regions and avoiding obstacles wherever needed. Deployed tags on the locations specified could help make up for a precise landing and safe and effective delivery. Unmanned traffic management (UTM) is an AI at work that can detect potential obstructions and determine the Drone's path with the help of built-in sensors and cameras to avoid a crash.

What could be the benefit of using these UAVs?

Keeping in mind the current scenario, with rising Covid cases across the nation, physical delivery of goods might not be the best option. Thus, the use of UAVs that not only minimize the chances of physical contact during the delivery of packages but also facilitates minimal traffic interaction, lesser delivery time, and low expenses must be encouraged. Let's take the necessary steps and start switching to drones to deliver a safe, reliable, and timely delivery of goods!

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