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Flipkart partners with Telangana govt for drone deliveries of medical supplies
Flipkart, India’s homegrown e-commerce marketplace, has announced its partnership with the Telangana government to lead a consortium tasked with the development and execution of the drone deliveries of medical supplies to remote areas under the ‘Medicines from the Sky’ project. As part of the consortium, Flipkart will utilise learnings from its tech-enabled supply chain to deploy drones and enable deliveries of medical supplies.
These efforts will be complemented with technologies such as geo mapping, routing of shipments and track and trace of location etc., developed by Flipkart over the years in serving millions of customers across the country, the e-commerce giant said. A combination of these technologies will then be used to conduct Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) deliveries in remote areas of the state where the road infrastructure is not conducive for fast delivery of vaccines.
The pilot project, which is expected to be conducted for over six days, will be tested for delivering thousands of vaccines while keeping in mind all the safety and efficiency parameters. “The Covid-19 crisis has pushed the envelope in the rapid development of scalable and robust technologies and the Medicines from the Sky project is a testament to that. It is a decisive step in making use of cutting-edge technologies for the safety and wellbeing of the masses,” said Rajneesh Kumar, Senior Vice-President and Chief Corporate Affairs Officer at Flipkart.