Drones may soon be delivering food orders in Pakistan’s capital

If everything goes right, customers in Pakistan’s capital Islamabad may soon be getting their food orders via drones

Nov 13, 2021
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If everything goes right, customers in Pakistan’s capital Islamabad may soon be getting their food orders via drones. Foodpanda, a popular food delivery application in the country has recently conducted a trial where it used a customized drone for food delivery.  Foodpanda, in association with district officials in the capital, conducted a trial in the F-9 Park area using a drone. The company aims for faster deliveries using disruptive technology, the Dawn newspaper said.

Customers living in peri-urban and remote areas will especially benefit from this initiative, the report said, as there are limited food delivery options in their localities. The project, if it becomes a reality, would allow people to order food from main urban centers as well.

Last-mile deliveries, however, would be done by the company delivery guys. 

“E-commerce and the use of technology to serve the citizens is definitely the future and the Islamabad civil administration stands committed to supporting anyone who takes the initiative to provide greater convenience and facilities for the public,” Islamabad Deputy Commissioner Mohammad Hamza Shafqat said in the report. 

Foodpanda’s core ethos is to constantly innovate, stretch the limits, and leverage technology to find great solutions for meeting the evolving needs of the people, said Nauman Sikandar Mirza, the chief executive officer (CEO) of Foodpanda. 

He added, “The successful test flight and delivery today has been highly encouraging and proves we are on the right flight path.” However, there are many aspects that need to be sorted before the final commencement of such services. The company would have to look into technical, legal, and operational issues as well. 

(SAM)