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Is India's logistics market ready for drone delivery?

Drones are aircraft that don't need a human pilot, or unmanned aerial vehicles, or UAVs for short. Though it is still in its early stages, India's drone industry is anticipated to develop and thrive over the next years.

Similarly, the use of drones for logistics and transportation will grow as it lowers distribution costs, speeds up delivery, reaches hard-to-reach places, lowers urban traffic and carbon emissions, and runs continuously without breaks.

Drones are being employed extensively in both military and industrial settings for tasks including surveillance, crop protection, building project surveying, medical care, e-commerce deliveries, and more. On September 17, 2022, Prime Minister Narendra Modi declared that drone technology will become a major part of the National Logistics Policy.

Drones in India have already made inroads into the healthcare, agricultural, eCommerce, medicine, and food delivery sectors, among others, despite the logistical difficulties the nation faces (difficult physical terrains, a higher population density, and inadequate infrastructure).

This demonstrates that the sector's foundational work has already been completed. And with only a few more areas of development, drones will soon be added to the official list of logistical options in our nation.

Excellence is the key to business success. In order to plan and carry out deliveries, drone logistics, in particular, heavily relies on professional pilots and technological solutions. Drones that operate inside Visual Line of Sight (VLOS) have a shorter range, less power, and fewer complicated technical requirements.

In order to make safe deliveries, long-range drones (beyond VLOS) require robust drone technology and expert pilots. Solutions utilising intelligent drone technology will be able to efficiently combine orders, design routes with permits and approvals, and monitor and control the entire trip from pickup to delivery.

In order to ensure that their staff members are ready to manage drone deliveries when the time comes, several drone manufacturers and IT businesses today have already started providing advanced training to their personnel.

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