In India as well, government incentives are encouraging multiple industries, such as healthcare, agriculture, e-commerce and transportation, to experiment with drones. While until now, the use of drones was confined to essential deliveries, the next phase of growth will largely come from their commercial application. Many companies and startups from the e-commerce and food delivery industries are using drones in pilot exercises of middle-mile as well as last-mile deliveries. Ideal for lightweight parcels, drones can deliver a parcel within an estimated round-trip time of 30 minutes. Additionally, as drones are equipped with GPS, customers can track their package in real time and enjoy quick and contactless deliveries. With over 200 startups in the drone sector and conducive policies, the drone and drone component manufacturing industry in India, according to the Ministry of Civil Aviation, is estimated to net an investment of over $626 million over the next three years.
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