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Chinese e-commerce giant JD.com tests delivery drone in Sichuan

CHINESE e-commerce giant JD

29 December 2020 - 19:00
CHINESE e-commerce giant JD.com has completed the maiden flight of its new self-developed delivery drone in Sichuan province, reports Beijing's Caixin financial news portal.

The logistics drone, codenamed the JDY-500, is designed to transport up to a few hundred kilogrammes per flight with an ability to airdrop supplies in case of an emergency, JD.com said in a statement.



It added the JDY-500 is China's first autogyro logistics drone, which can take off and land on shorter runways. The drone can fly for as long as a few hundred kilometres, allowing it to transport goods between regional warehouses.



The JDY-500 is not the first unmanned aerial vehicle JD.com has developed for heavy-lift logistics. In 2018, the company launched its first-generation logistics drone, codenamed the JDY-800, which can carry up to 840 kilogrammes of cargo.



The JDY-500's first flight comes as several e-commerce and delivery companies in China ramp up efforts to widen their use of robot-powered logistics services in an effort to enhance efficiency and reduce costs.



Earlier this year, Chinese lifestyle service and food delivery giant Meituan deployed a fleet of autonomous vehicles to deliver grocery orders to customers in Beijing during the Covid crisis.


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