Drones may be used to move seafood
A MAJOR Chinese company is looking at a plan to use drones to ferry seafood from some of Canada’s production plants on the east coast to the airport, reducing the need for long overland journeys.
The company jd.com has been holding talks with the federal government in Ottawa to allow it to test such a drone fleet.
China is a large purchaser of Canadian lobster, prawns, farmed salmon and clams.
Based in Beijing, jd.com is al- ready the world’s leading company in high-tech delivery using drones and other forms of automated technology, such as robots and driverless vehicles.
CEO Richard Liu met Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau in Beijing to seek a licence to operate the drones. The company’s interest in drone flights has been sparked by the cost of domestic road transport and shipping and the small number of airports which have direct links with China.