Drone Food Delivery Launched in Russia – Is It Coming to US?

  • The drone food delivery for now is only to low rise buildings.
  • The drone can also deliver flowers or additional food to the park for a picnic.
  • The company plans to expand to other countries in the near future.

Drone food delivery has been launched in Russia. The residents of the city of Izhevsk are the first in Russia to have such service. ZALA AERO, which is Russia’s leading manufacturer of drones received certification to start selling the service. The ZALA AERO Drone Service launch is perfectly timed, given the coronavirus social distancing measures in place.

The City of Izhevsk, Russia.

ZALA Aero Group is a company specializing in unmanned aerial vehicle development, located in Izhevsk, Russia. ZALA Aero has provided UAV systems for several sectors of the Russian government, including the Ministry of Defense, and has also won contracts to supply UAVs to foreign countries.

The company specializes in tactical strike drones. However, it has now ventured into the civilian delivery business in the town where the company headquarters is located.

At this time the delivery is available to low-rise buildings. The company has been operating the service for a few weeks and the demand continues to grow. The delivery reach is 50,000 people and they have contracts with a majority of the restaurants in the area.

The customer downloads ZDD app on their smartphone and enters their address for the delivery. Then a timer turns on until the food is delivered. The drone can land in your backyard or drone-designated areas in every neighborhood. The drone can deliver to the park, if you are spending time outdoors. The drone can also drop off flowers and other items as an add on.

A drone with eight electric motors delivers a standard box weighing up to 1.2 kg directly to the desired point, but does not sit down, and lowers the load on a strong rope. This solves a lot of problems, from the theft of expensive vehicles to landing site equipment. During testing, the testers pulled on the drone and it did not fall. On board the drone there is a camera for video recording of delivery.

In order to officially work in a residential development, the entire ZD system is duplicated, and the drone can perform the task with two failed engines. Interference-resistant communication channels allow the operator to control the aircraft even at ultra-low altitudes. The system automatically plots the optimal route and coordinates it with the authorities that regulate air traffic.

The automated control system allows simultaneous delivery using several aircraft operating in Autonomous mode. By the way, the system is all-weather — it can work both day and night, in difficult weather conditions with precipitation in the form of rain or snow, as well as wind speeds of up to 15 m/s. One drone makes three deliveries per hour.

The drone delivery eliminates human contact and is a safer choice. The drone does not have traffic delays and the service is available 24 hours a day. It is expected soon that drone delivery will be available in many Russian cities. The company is also looking to expand to other countries. Drone delivery is here to stay.

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Christina Kitova

I spent most of my professional life in finance, insurance risk management litigation.

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