Marut Dronetech, a Hyderabad-based startup, is supplying drones to food and grocery delivery company Swiggy, which plays a vital role in how deliveries will be carried out in the near future.
As part of its Instamart initiative, logistics and delivery platform Swiggy plans on using drones for grocery delivery. Customers will not be able to access the facility, but delivery will be from one warehouse to another. To conduct the trials, it has engaged with Marut Dronetech along with other companies.
They successfully completed the drone delivery pilot for the Telangana government’s Medicine from the Sky program. They have done over 1,000 flights in India and have done almost 10 days of 300 flights in Telangana alone, says Prem K Vislawath, founder of Marut Dronetech.
“With the Medicine from the Sky project, we demonstrated that drones can transport up to 16 kilograms of payloads with temperature controller boxes for various purposes,” he said.
In addition, other states have also begun adopting drone delivery, which is a novel idea for India.
Using a Helicopter, which is a heavy payload, long-range drone, the company developed and patented a customized modular temperature-controlled box platform for delivering vaccines, samples, and possibly on-demand medical products to rural, remote, and hard-to-reach areas in primary health centres.
“After this success, we were then selected by Swiggy to do their pilot program for Hyderabad, which may begin in June. Currently, drones will be used to transfer groceries and other items from one store to another or from one store to a common customer point, and drone deliveries to customers are not planned at this time. Upon the launch of the project, we hope that other companies in the medical logistics and delivery segments will consider using drones for delivery; he explained.
Marut Dronetech is one of the few companies that have been granted a conditional exemption from the Ministry of Civil Aviation to conduct BVLOS experiments.
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