JD to launch au­to­matic lo­gis­tic ve­hi­cle

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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)

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