After receiving the green signal from the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) to test drone deliveries last year, Swiggy has announced that it will start testing drone deliveries in India. The food delivery giant has partnered with Noida-based software company ANRA Technologies to begin testing in the coming days.
According to recent reports, Swiggy and ANRA Technologies will collaborate to begin delivering food packages via drones. ANRA has reportedly received final clearances from various Indian authorities, such as DGCA and the Ministry of Civil Aviation, to start Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) drone deliveries in the country.
The ANRA team launched their first outing in India recently on June 16. It started after months of planning, evaluating, and integrating air traffic control. So by leveraging ANRA’s advanced drone operation system, Swiggy aims to test its first drone deliveries in India.
“With an increasing number of technological innovations taking place to smooth and accelerate the last mile journey, it is natural for us to explore the latest avenues available to maximize the benefit to our consumers,” said Shilpa Gnaneshwar, Director. of Swiggy programs.
“We are excited about the potential drones to offer and look forward to testing at BVLOS operations for the food delivery use case. Through our partnership with ANRA, we aim to take full advantage of the long-range competencies of drone technology and achieve some groundbreaking tests, ”added Gnaneshwar.
ANRA will reportedly begin drone deliveries in Etah and Rupnagar districts using its proprietary SmartSkies technology. In addition to partnering with Swiggy, ANRA has also partnered with the Indian Institute of Technologies, Ropar, to begin drone medical package deliveries.