Soft launch of drone food delivery service is expected to start in October, says DC Islamabad
Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) administration, in a recent announcement, has revealed that a food delivery system using drones will soon arrive in Islamabad.
Deputy Commissioner (DC) Islamabad, Hamza Shafqaat revealed that drone based delivery system in collaboration with the foodpanda, will be launched in the city of Islamabad in coming weeks of October.
Shedding light on the launching ceremony plans, Mr. Shafqaat said that orphans from the Pakistan Sweet Home will be invited to the ceremony where the food will be delivered using the revolutionary drone technology.
The drone food delivery system will officially commence into effect after discussing the detailed plan with the Civil Drone Authority (CDA) and Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), said DC Islamabad.
Residents of the capital territory praised the ICT administration for the move. Here are some of the responses.
Residents in other cities have also requested similar efforts from their own civic administrations.
Flying Pandas in Singapore:
This is not the first time Foodpanda will be using drones for food delivery. The company started using Flying Pandas to deliver food in August 2020. The drone delivery test flight was carried out in Singapore on 13 August 2020.
“drone deliveries will help us deliver over longer distances faster, while keeping costs low, so that we can continue to satisfy our customers more instantaneously,” Luc Andreani, Managing Director of Foodpanda had Singapore.
Pandamart in Karachi
Earlier in February 2021, Foodpanda had launched the revolutionary 12th ‘Pandamart’ online shopping store at Bahadurabad, Karachi with an aim to generate an ecosystem of tech enabled jobs all over Pakistan. CEO Foodpanda Nauman Sikander and his team members announced to start drone delivery service in Karachi within four months after overcoming some regulatory and legislation challenges.
Drones will make it possible to deliver things not delivered before, to places that were previously inaccessible. As technology advances, there is no doubt that drones will continue to drive innovation for many industries – including food and medicinal deliveries.