Self-driving delivery robots arrive in Beijing

20/06/2018

A fleet of self-driving delivery robots have arrived in Beijing’s Haidian District courtesy of JD.com to deliver packages ordered online to customers.

 

Launched Monday by China’s leading e-commerce platform JD.com, the 20 delivery robots are currently delivering goods to the residential communities nearby JD’s distribution center in Shangdi and Zhongguancun Software Park in Beijing, Xinhua reported.

Each robot can carry up to 30 parcels at a time and travel at a speed of about 15km per hour, the state media outlet said.

Each robot is equipped with radar and sensors to help them navigate around the city, including obeying traffic lights.

 

 

Each robot can carry up to 30 parcels at a time and travel at a speed of about 15km per hour.

 

 

According to Xinhua, customers receive a message from JD when the robot is about to arrive. They are then able to pick up their parcels through face recognition, or using a code or mobile phone app.

JD, Alibaba‘s main competitor, has been particularly busy this month, with a spate of promotions and initiatives tied into its founding anniversary on June 18.

 

 

JD has been particularly busy this month, with a spate of promotions and initiatives tied into its founding anniversary on June 18.

 

 

It’s annual “618” shopping event that ran from June 1-18 brought in a whopping $24.7 billion (RMB 159.2 billion), which represents a 37% increase compared to last year’s earnings.

The company founded by Ricard Liu also announced this month that it entered the Thai market, strengthening its Southeast Asia presence, and launched a logistics warehouse to improve its cross-border e-commerce abilities.

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