Delivery robots helping COVID-19 relief effort
China’s JD has reported that its autonomous delivery vehicles arrived in Guangzhou on June 4 to provide contactless delivery service to districts currently under home quarantine due to new COVID-19 cases.
The e-commerce company said that this is the third time its delivery robots have been sent to the frontline for COVID-19 relief efforts, following operations in Wuhan and Shijiazhuang.
“The first robots will be sent to 14 residential compounds in Guanggang (GZ Steel) New Town in Liwan District, ensuring the last-mile delivery for daily necessities,” said Qi Kong, chief scientist and head of autonomous driving at JD Logistics. “Now we are planning for the transportation routes and technology testing.”
Last month, JD become one of the first three enterprises in China to obtain road test license plates for autonomous delivery vehicles.