Apr 30, 2022|
JD Logistics Develops Indoor Robot for Last 100-Meter Delivery
by Yuchuan Wang
JD Logistics’ indoor delivery robot was recently launched at China Overseas International Center in Beijing on April 26. Approximately 2,000 professionals working in the office building will be able to receive robot delivery of take-out orders and parcels at their desks.
JD Logistics provides six such robots and a smart service center to China Overseas International Center. The smart service center offers temporary storage space so that couriers can leave the take-out orders and parcels there. The service center’s staff will then place the packages in the compartments on the robots and users will be able to receive them in five to ten minutes.
The smooth operation is enabled by JD Logistics’ IoT solution. Robots can sense the environment and obstacles through lidar, ultrasonic probe, depth camera and other high-precision sensors while locating itself and planning its route to the destination automatically by leveraging JD’s self-developed navigation algorithm. It can communicate with elevators and access control system to navigate between different floors.
Once it has arrived near the receiver’s desk, the robot will send out a text message and make a phone call, with a password for the receiver to retrieve the package.
So far, the indoor delivery robot has been applied in office and apartment buildings, regular and mobile cabin hospitals, supermarkets, etc. It is a derivative of JD’s autonomous delivery vehicle for last-mile delivery.