In India, you may soon get to order food and have it delivered via drone as early as March this year. Yes, in fact, you may be seeing more drone activity in the country in general because of their new Drone 2.0 policy. The policy takes received approval and plans to take effect March 2019, giving new opportunities for drone technology.
Drone 2.0 Policy in India
While taxi drones are nowhere near mass-production ready, we can still rely on delivery drones to do small jobs. This means more deliveries of fast food, groceries, and online items to your door. This is a landmark passing in India, as the country gears up to a more modern approach as the 2020s loom near the horizon. The most important thing to take note of their Drone 2.0 policy is that it removes the line of sight rule that most drones adhere to.
Of course, not every area in India will instantly have drones buzzing about. Drone projects like deliveries will start at a smaller scale, testing out their services in green-lit cities and communities. Green-lit zones also means there are other zone categories that will shape the landscape. Non-green lit zones may have stricter drone regulations, and may not allow commercial drone deliveries to function freely. Some zones may even prohibit the presence of drones altogether. These restricted areas may have security concerns regarding drones, such as airports.
Another thing to consider is that not everyone may approve of seeing drones flying around their areas. Rural communities, suburbs, and private residences may have limited (if any) drone access, which can limit drone delivery functionality altogether. Still, the approval of Drone 2.0 is a great victory and a massive push forward. Drones are the future, and the only aspect that stops their growth is the restrictions – one that may loosen in the near future. Drone 1.0 offered more liberated use of drones for photography, cinematography, and as a hobby. 2.0 focuses more on the commercial aspect, one that can generate a ton of profit for companies in India.