After Dunzo, Flipkart has now partnered with the Telangana government to execute delivery of medical supplies through drones. Flipkart will lead one of the consortiums that received a conditional exemption from the Ministry of Civil aviation, for Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) experimental flights of drones.
A statement, as reported by Livemint, said that these efforts will be complemented with technologies such as geo mapping, routing of shipments and track and trace of location, developed by Flipkart over the years in serving millions of customers across the country.
It further added that the pilot, which is expected to be conducted for over six days, will be tested out for delivering thousands of vaccines while keeping in mind all the safety and efficiency parameters.
Details about the Project
The Government of Telangana had launched the Medicine from the Sky project to ensure delivery of essentials, including medicines and vaccines to counter the challenges posed by infrastructure and lockdowns. The project is operating in collaboration with the World Economic forum.
The project is aimed to enable emergency medical deliveries that could include COVID-19 vaccines and other essentials. As per Gadgets 360, the drone delivery system will focus on an end-to-end ecosystem for drone-based logistic transportation. It will utilize the existing logistics network of Telangana to enable medical supplies in different districts of the state.
Consortia of Experts
The Ministry of Civil Aviation had invited expression of interest to conduct experimental BVLOS operations, from Consortia of Experts. Each consortium must consist of RPAS operators Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems), UTM operator (Unmanned Aircraft System Traffic Management), supplementary service providers, and agencies for data acquisition, data analysis, safety case development and preparation of POC.
Further, each consortia shall be lead by a Project Coordinator, who must be an Indian citizen and must have at least two years’ experience in RPAS operations.
You can read more about the notice of expression of interest here.