Hong Kong “South China Morning Post” article on May 26, original title: Neolithic, supported by Meituan, JD.com, and Ideal Motors, obtained “licenses” for testing unmanned delivery vehicles in Beijing. As China’s cheap labor decreases and the working conditions of courier companies increase.Beijing is paving the way for more robots on the road. On Tuesday, e-commerce platform JD.com, food takeaway platform Meituan and self-driving start-up Neolithic obtained “licenses” to test their unmanned delivery vehicles in the Beijing Economic and Technological Development Zone.
According to Beijing’s regulations, unmanned delivery vehicles will be treated as non-motorized vehicle rules, which means they will need to drive on the city’s non-motorized vehicle lanes. In addition, the regulations also require that they must be equipped with on-site drivers and remote drivers.
Beijing said last year that it will build a networked cloud-controlled high-level autonomous driving demonstration zone in Yizhuang New City. The demonstration zone covers an area of about 60 square kilometers. It will have “smart roads, smart cars, real-time clouds, reliable networks and accurate maps.
In response to rising labor costs and the health risks brought by the new corona epidemic, Chinese e-commerce platforms and logistics companies are eager to apply automation technology to real-world scenarios. So far, Meituan and JD.com have mainly tested unmanned delivery systems at designated locations. In October last year, Meituan launched a smart store that provides unmanned delivery services in Shougang Park in Shijingshan, Beijing. After testing related technologies in Wuhan, JD.com deployed unmanned delivery vehicles on some public roads in Changshu, Jiangsu last year (pictured). Also last year, Alibaba released an unmanned logistics robot to reduce the cost of the “last mile” express delivery.