- May 18, 2021
JD’s Autonomous Delivery Vehicle Wins China Patent Award
by Yuchuan Wang
JD’s self-developed autonomous delivery vehicle has won the 22nd China Patent Award for design, issued by the China National Intellectual Property Administration (NIPA) on May 10. The China Patent Award has been co-organized by the NIPA and the World Intellectual Property Organization since 1989 and is considered as the highest honor in the patent field.
JD Logistics is entitled to over 400 patents in the field of unmanned delivery, covering the aspects of environment sensing, high resolution mapping, simulation, operation system, design and more.
The company released its first generation of autonomous delivery vehicle in 2016, and has adopted the robot in over 20 cities in China as of Apr. 2021. Unsupervised, the vehicle drives itself from JD’s delivery station loaded with parcels, and plans its own route based on the delivery address of each parcel.
In Changshu of Jiangsu province, where JD announced its plan to help the city build a smart city based on smart delivery, over one fifth of JD’s delivery stations have adopted the vehicle in daily operations.
JD Logistics will further invest in automation technologies, and apply them in more and more logistics scenarios to generate greater value for consumers, enterprises and society.