SpiceXpress, Delhivery to start industrial drone delivery pilot project in 3-4 months


New Delhi: Air freight firm SpiceXpress together with e-commerce logistics platform Delhivery will build drone shipment ability in the nation and the pilot task is expected to start in the next 3-4 months.

Both the entities– SpiceXpress and Delhivery– have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to this effect, according to a joint declaration.

The freight department of airline firm Spicejet, SpiceXpress, is among the key consortiums shortlisted by the Directorate General of Civil Air Travel (DGCA) to carry out trials on Beyond Visual View (BVLOS) drones in India, the declaration said.

“We are really excited about this job as it guarantees to be a game-changer in times to come. The MoU is a win-win for both business leveraging their strengths to deliver fantastic synergies,” SpiceXpress CEO Sanjiv Gupta said in the declaration.

SpiceXpress further stated that the pilot job is expected to begin in the next 3-4 months.

“The partnership is an extension of our long-standing relationship with Spicejet. We eagerly anticipate leveraging our abilities to change the logistics environment,” Delhivery chief running officer Ajith Pai stated.

The innovation will be checked for numerous commercial applications such as emergency services, delivery of products, vital medical services, and environmental monitoring.

Delhivery will supply the needed on-ground support to guarantee fast and reputable first-mile and last-mile logistics, according to the statement.

“Drone shipment is the future of logistics, and both companies have actually joined hands to experiment with drone technology to provide state-of-the-art services and make it more popular in the coming years,” the statement stated.

In May, the civil air travel ministry approved conditional exemption to the Telangana federal government from the Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) Guidelines, 2021, for ‘performing experimental delivery of vaccines’ beyond the visual line of sight using drones.

In the middle of the pandemic, the ministry, in April, permitted the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) to conduct a feasibility research study on using drones to deliver COVID vaccines.

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Published at Thu, 24 Jun 2021 08:59:47 +0000