Amazon’s plans to deliver packages via drones might just be a concept but a pizza chain in Mumbai has already started testing drones for delivering pizzas!
“All of us had read about (global e-commerce giant) Amazon’s plans of using drones. We successfully carried out a test-delivery by sending a pizza to a customer located 1.5 km away from our outlet on May 11,” Francesco’s Pizzeria chief executive officer Mikhel Rajani told PTI.
Considering that Indian regulations have their restrictions on the use of drone for commercial purpose for now and prohibits the use of a drone above an altitude of 400 feet, the pizza chain claims that they have not used it on commercial front, though are running trial tests and will use it for delivery purposes in some years. They managed to run the trial flight successfully through a four-rotor drone, which took off with a pizza from its outlet in Mumbai’s Lower Parel and delivered it to a high-rise building in Worli area.
The company claims that this is the first time a company has used a drone for such a purpose in India. The eating joint has made this drone with the help of an auto engineer friend of the CEO. If made commercial, the drone service will not only save time but will also cut down the costs for a company, Rajani said.
“What we have done now will be common place in the next four-five years,” he added.
He mentioned that one such customized drone costs around $2,000. Rajani also added that the though American Federal Aviation Authority’s regulations might help on usage of drones, there also are technical challenges like a limited operating radius of 8km exceeding which the batteries of a drone dry up. Also, the four-rotor drone has a limited carrying capacity which can be increased to up to 8kg in case of a an eight-rotor drone.