(Yicai Global) Sept. 25 -- Ele.me, a Chinese online take-out ordering platform operated by Shanghai Rajax Information Technology Co., publicly debuted its unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) at the World Unmanned Systems Conference on Sept. 23. It has a top speed of 65 kilometers per hour and will be used for delivering food.
The E7 drone, a third-generation product developed by Ele.me's team, can carry up to six kilograms and has a range of 20 kilometers, Sina reported.
It completed thousands of flights and features breakthroughs in many key technologies. The model's food box made from special materials and weighs 485 grams, making it the lightest among similar products. Its maximum capacity is 20 liters.
Ele.me proposed the E7 UAV as part of a future logistics strategy last year, aiming to shift China's rapid food delivery industry into the 3.0 stage in three to five years.
Take-out platforms will improve the efficiency of their delivery via innovative approaches, artificial intelligence, big data and smart hardware to shorten average delivery times to less than 30 minutes.
Ele.me is still researching and developing drone technologies and plans to test an optimized new-generation UAV in April.
During the conference, Ele.me signed an agreement with Shanghai New Jinshan Industry Development Ltd. Ele.me is set to establish a UAV R&D base in Jinshan Development Park and have the right to use a specified airspace there. The Jinshan facility will act as a center for testing, R&D and operations for Ele.me's UAV business and will become China's first rapid delivery UAV research hub.