JD to launch automatic logistic vehicle
China's e-commerce giant JD.com Inc announced on September 1 that its first-ever driverless delivery vehicle is undergoing road tests and will be put into trial soon.The innovation is the result of a partnership with robot maker Siasun that aims to automate its logistic network and to develop delivery drones and driverless vehicles.
The autonomous scooter, standing 0.6 meters high, has six different sized compartments to carry the deliveries. Equipped with advanced GNSS navigation system, along with multiple radar-based sensors, the vehicle can calculate the shortest route to the costumer, as well as how to avoid traffic jams.
While in motion, it can identify potential obstacles and traffic lights to change its routes if needed. Reaching its destination, it can automatically send the customer a passcode via an app or text message that allows the customer to unlock the right compartment.
The company will start the trial run in October and the automatic delivery method is expected to be put into use next year.
Both Amazon and Google have experimented with drones to transport parcels and supplies since 2013. (Source: China Daily)