(Yicai Global) Aug. 28 -- Chinese e-commerce behemoth, JD.com Inc. [NASDAQ: JD] is set to introduce delivery drone service along the southern stretch of Beijing's Sixth Ring Road, it said at the World Robot Conference that convened on Saturday in Beijing, as Beijing Daily reported.
Delivery by unnamed aerial vehicles (UAVs) has already become a reality in Xian, in north-central Shaanxi province and Suqian in east-central Jiangsu province. "We plan to apply to use airspace in some areas in Beijing's Daxing district along the Sixth Ring Road, and hope we can pilot delivery drone services for the first time in the capital," noted a manager at Beijing Jingdong Shangke Information Technology Co., a JD.com affiliate.
The company has developed its own delivery UAVs capable of automated loading and unloading, autonomous cruising, landing and returning to base. Its logistics drones already operate in Xian and Suqian. Their work mainly involves transporting packages from Jingdong's distribution centers and stations to couriers in rural areas, who then deliver them to recipients.