E-commerce companies like Flipkart and Amazon will soon start delivering products through drones in India. The aviation ministry has proposed a policy to allow commercial use of drones on Thursday. According to the policy, there will be 5 classifications of the air vehicles 250 grams to over 150 kilograms.
The Minister of State for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha said “E-commerce deliveries using drones are certainly going to be possible in India. Companies like Amazon and Flipkart can deliver products with the technological developments we are seeing in the aviation eco-system.” According to the policy drones under 250g and those which are operated by government agencies won’t require any permit.
These vehicles are currently used in photography and video making, but the experts see very big opportunities in India. Even the use of “air rickshaws” for traveling around a 100-km radius is seen as a possibility.
Amazon has already designed a system named Prime Air, in which drones can be used for delivering products within 30 minutes of the order. There is a big chance of this system to get successful in India too. Along with Amazon Google is also planning to design such system.