"In November 2016, Domino's launched the first CAA approved commercial delivery service in the world! The use of drones for Domino's pizza delivery is slowly being integrated to work alongside their regular delivery methods, with online ordering and GPS tracking systems."
If you’ve attended a wedding in the past year or two, you must’ve seen a drone. Or if you have a rich photographer friend, you might’ve seen aerial photography popping up on your Facebook feed, that’s the work of a drone.
A drone is any unmanned aircraft or ship that is guided remotely. Commercial drones for entertainment have a short control distance and can only fly for a few minutes. On the contrary, the advanced drones which are used in the military or mapping are able to hover in the air for hours and be controlled from a great distance.
Drones were illegal in India before now.
But India has finally approved the guidelines to bring drones under the legal framework. So, from December onwards, drones can be legally used for photography, mapping and survey. The Government has restricted the use of these drones for delivering foods items and goods stating that, a policy roadmap & regulations that support the growth of the drone ecosystem need to be created before liberalising the drone guidelines.
This restriction will definitely hinder the commercial usage of drones. “With such restriction, the use of drones would remain limited to amateur usages like wedding photography and recreational use only,” said an executive of a Bangalore-based drone manufacturer.
Do you realise what this means? It means no flying food for us! Nothing like Amazon delivering a bag of popcorn to an address in rural England as the first big and bold step towards automated deliveries.