Mar 31, 2022|
JD.com Utilizes Robots in Shanghai for Contactless Delivery
by Yuchuan Wang
As the current COVID-19 outbreak in Shanghai grows, JD Logistics has launched its autonomous delivery robots in the city’s Pudong New Area to provide contactless last mile delivery for certain locked down neighborhoods.
The robot applied in Shanghai can load up to 100 kilograms of goods and drive 80 kilograms per charge. With AI technology and multiple sensors, the robot can recognize, avoid obstacles, and plan its route to the destination.
Since 2020, JD has deployed its autonomous delivery vehicles for COVID-19 relief in Wuhan, Shijiazhuang, Guangzhou, Beijing, Tianjin, Shenzhen and now Shanghai. In Wuhan, the robots traveled over 6,800 kilometers and delivered more than 13,000 packages during the peak of the pandemic in early 2020. “Big White”, one of the robots used in Wuhan, is now a permanent collection of the National Museum of China in Beijing.
JD.com debuted its first autonomous delivery vehicle in 2016 and revealed the Level-4 autonomous driving robot in 2019, becoming the world’s first company to apply Level-4 autonomous driving technology on public roads without any human interaction.
So far, the company has applied nearly 400 autonomous delivery vehicles in more than 25 cities in China, meeting the delivery needs in scenarios such as residential compounds, commercial centers, business parks, hotels, university campuses, supermarkets and more.