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Delivery by UAV takes off in China
April 11, 2017
China-based e-commerce retailer JD.com has carried out thousands of unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) delivery tests in remote rural areas of four provinces since June 2016.
It is also adding 150 UAV stations in Sichuan Province "in the short-to-medium term," a JD.com representative told Jane's , referring to the plan as an "aspirational goal".
A JD.com delivery UAV, pictured in November 2016 on take-off in Suqian, Jiangsu Province, China. (JD.com)
This expansion would enable JD.com - the second largest online retailer in China behind Alibaba - to serve more provinces and villages. "We'd rather not call the facilities 'airports', as some publications have referred to them," the official added.
The UAV infrastructure plan was developed by JDX, the logistics research and development arm of JD.com. JDX focused on innovative solutions to transport items from warehouses to customers in a faster, cheaper, and more efficient way........Read more Subscription based in Janes Airports Review