iFood drone receives authorization to deliver in Brazil
The iFood (Android, iOS ) partnership with Speedbird Aero obtained definitive authorization from Anac for commercial deliveries with drones this Friday, 21. According to the civil aviation regulatory agency, the license is for the DLV- 1 NEO en route beyond the pilot’s visual line of sight (Beyond Visual Line of Sight or BVLOS in the original in English).
This is the first drone of the multirotor genre to receive authorization from the agency. By regulation, deliveries will be within a radius of 3 km and can carry up to 2.5 kilos. For the authorization process, the DLV1-NEO underwent four tests, three at Speedbird’s headquarters in São José dos Campos and one in Aracaju. All accompanied by Anac
Before final approval, the delivery company carried out tests in Campinas in 2020 and in Aracaju in 2021, with an experimental flight authorization certificate (CAVE). Considering only deliveries in the interior city of São Paulo, iFood made 300 deliveries from 20 restaurants. The tests used another drone model, the DLV-1.
Now, iFood will study the expansion of routes and new locations with the new modal. It is worth remembering that, unlike the street operation, drone delivery is managed by Speedbird with qualified pilots.