(Yicai Global) July 20 -- Chinese e-commerce giant JD has shared to the world the first step of achievement in its grand plan to make logistics driverless.
JD unveiled two self-developed technologies, a big data platform with a simulation capacity to test automated vehicles, as well a mapping network to offer navigation support to these robots, Chinese online news outlet Tech163 reported.
JD Map offers navigating functions to various types of robots, covering roads, paths in parks, and indoor environments. Media reports show that JD will use the autopilot in its vehicles to carry out various tasks in the logistics supply chain. The Beijing-based online retail firm has already submitted applications to the national mapping regulator to obtain permits for such gadgets.
Last year, JD revealed a 12-year plan which included automating its warehouse operations and delivering packages in urban areas by driverless vehicles capable of navigating inside buildings, while drones will deliver goods to rural communities.
JD Map will facilitate the integration and sharing of map data and resources on terminals, roads, and cloud, while boosting the application of intelligent robots and autopilot technologies, the Tech163 report added.
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