Tuesday, October 3, 2023

‘Eagle’ Soaring High Thanks To Deep Tech

By Vaishali Yadav

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Gurugram-based TechEagle is India’s leading drone startup, which boasts of having delivered Asia’s first vaccine via drone in Telangana in 2021. But there’s more to this 2015-born company, which is working to holistically solve the healthcare and logistics problem of our times by combining aerospace, electronics, sensory tech, lidar, optical sensors, AI-vision, and 5G

Did you know that India’s logistics costs account for around 14% of its GDP, while the global average is just 7-8%? The Founder and CEO of TechEagle, Vikram Singh, mentioned this fact while elaborating, “Still, we are losing more than 500 lives every day because of the poor infrastructure and inaccessibility. And more than 30,000 parcels are getting delayed every single hour as we speak. So, this was a big enough problem for us to take up and resolve.”

The idea was conceived at IIT Kanpur by Vikram and his friend Anshu Abhishek. As per the founder, TechEagle’s approach is to use deep tech to provide logistics access to everyone on demand. Vikram says, “We are developing the end-to-end indigenous technology of aerial vehicles, which we call drones. We have also been coordinating with the government departments to bring out the right framework of the policy for the same.”

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Earlier, the team started building the MVP, which required a pilot to operate. But later on, realising that it would create another problem of pilot crunch, they started working on building autonomous drones, which used GPS navigation and ran in autopilot mode. Then the second realisation happened in the form of the non-availability of runways for take-off and landing, TechEagle worked on developing the technology of Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL). Last year, the company started building a network of on-demand drone delivery.


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