Brazil begins trial of drones delivery
The Brazilian start-up iFood has obtained the authorization of the Brazilian National Civil Aviation Administration (ANAC) to begin food delivery test flights with drones. iFood’s partner companies Speedbird Aero and AL UAV have been working on obtaining authorization for nearly a year. As part of the project, these companies conducted rehearsals and received an experimental flight authorization certificate issued by the bureau on August 5.
The experimental flight will be carried out under two different conditions and should start before the end of 2020. The purpose of the drone is to improve the efficiency of logistics operations: the device will perform the first part of the delivery route, which will be completed by the courier using a motorcycle, bicycle or scooter.
The Brazilian authorities will decide whether they can expand the scope of operations based on the results of these preliminary trials. If the test is successful, the startup has determined that about 200 cities across the country can implement the service.
One of the trials will be held in Campinas, Sao Paulo State. In the trial, these drones will travel 400 meters between the food area of the shopping mall and the iFood Center in the mall, where orders will be distributed to couriers. The startup expects that the time it takes for a courier to get an order from a restaurant in the food court (about 12 minutes) will be reduced to 2 minutes.
In addition, the company will also test these drones on a 1.5-mile route between the mall’s iFood order processing center and a nearby gated community. In this experiment, it is expected that the delivery time will be shortened from the current 10 minutes to 4 minutes for the drone.
iFood is one of the 12 unicorns in Brazil. It has a leading position in the food supply field in Latin America, and its footprint has expanded even further during the Covid-19 pandemic. In Brazil, the number of restaurants registered to use this service increased from approximately 160,000 in March to 212,000 in June, and the number of monthly deliveries during this period increased from 30 million to 39 million.
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