E-commerce players may soon rent out drones, so you can use them the way you book a cab on an app, and test viable use-cases for last-mile delivery. This means that bootstrapped drone manufacturers will find ready-made use-cases for their machines rather than having to develop the market from scratch.
The government’s tech piloting agency, Ease of Doing Business (EODB), is finalising details for a mega commercial pilot project, which is looking at inviting 16 players (individual companies or consortiums) across various locations in the country to offer drones-as-a-service in a public-private partnership (PPP) mode for a tenure of 12 months. EODB has identified four broad use-cases for commercialisation — e-commerce delivery, use in agriculture, mapping and survey, logistics, surveillance and SOS rescue. The details of the drone commercial pilot will be announced next month. Each player has to start with a minimum of 10 drones and will be chosen
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