JD launched two smart delivery stations ahead of the world’s largest consumer electronics show early this year. It launched the stations at Changsha and Hohhot demonstrating the China’s largest retailer’s autonomous logistics capabilities. It launched the stations before it made its debut at the world’s one of the most prestigious shows.
At the time of launching in January, the two smart stations were carrying out R&D, testing as well as personnel training to streamline any issues affecting last mile delivery. Today, JD.COM’s delivery robots are capable of delivering up to 30 parcels to areas within a radius of 5 kilometers. The newly launched vehicles have the capability to plan routes, avoid obstacles as well as recognize traffic lights. The vehicles leverages facial recognition technology to identify users and enable them collect the parcels securely and easily. The combined delivery capacity of the stations operating together with a half-half split between couriers and robots is a maximum of 2,000 packages per day.
The smart delivery technology is already transforming how people shop in China and it was showcased at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Additionally, visitors to the event were shown how delivery of consumer foods as well as medical suppliers to China’s remote areas is done using drones. The company also presented the capabilities of underground urban logistics to the world in improving shopping convenience and altering how cities operate.
The visitors to this year’s CES were also treated to the experience of drone flights in virtual reality, and augmented reality fitting and styling software synonymous with Jingdong. The company also demonstrated how it is developing Internet of Things to enable Chinese consumers to control their smart devices remotely. All these innovations are geared toward realizing JD’s Boundaryless Retail vision which includes consumers buying whatever they want, wherever and whenever they want it.
According to the company’s Chief Technology Officer, Chen Zhang, the company is in a unique position to research, develop as well as deploy new cutting edge technologies that are shaping the future of e-commerce. JD started back in 1998 as a magneto-optical product business until SARS outbreak made the owner of the business, Richard Liu Qiangdong, to start selling products online. It launched officially in 2004.
To know more visit @: global.jd.com/