JD in Nikkei Asian Review: “Coronavirus lockdown sparks expansion of drones and robot deliveries”

Need to avoid human contact has shown value of autonomous robots

JD in Nikkei Asian Review: “Coronavirus lockdown sparks expansion of drones and robot deliveries”

By Qi Kong

2020-04-24

Nikkei Asian Review published a byline article by Qi Kong, Chief Scientist and Head of Autonomous Driving at JD Logistics, a business group under JD.com.

After the sudden outbreak of COVID-19, in order to remain safe and healthy, people had to stay home and avoid unnecessary human interactions, which led them to rely heavily on online shopping.

On February 6, JD.com fulfilled its first order with an autonomous delivery robot in Wuhan, the epicenter of the COVID-19 outbreak in China. The robot demonstrated its value by delivering daily necessities and medical supplies to hospitals and residential compounds for both medical personnel and customers. JD also leveraged drones for delivery to areas where traditional delivery routes were temporarily suspended.

Read more: https://asia.nikkei.com/Opinion/Coronavirus-lockdown-sparks-expansion-of-drones-and-robot-deliveries

Nikkei Asian Review is one of the most prominent news media in the Asia Pacific region, and enjoys a readership of over 4 million people.

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