According to a recent Woodworking Network online article JD.com testing drones that can lift one ton loads by Bill Esler, “JD.com, Inc. is testing heavyload drones that can move payloads weighing 2,000 lbs.”
“JD.com says it has reached an agreement with the provincial government of Shaanxi to build China’s largest low-altitude drone logistics network.
Spanning a 300 kilometer radius, the network will include hundreds of routes and drone air bases throughout the entire province for e-commerce shipments and more. Heavy-load drones are expected to be able to carry more than a ton, transporting high-quality products to remote areas and agricultural produce to cities.
“JD.com will be the first in the world to test drone delivery on this scale. We envision a network that will be able to efficiently transport goods between cities, and even between provinces, in the future,” said Wang Zhenhui, CEO of JD Logistics, the company’s newly-formed logistics business group.
In recent months, JD.com has struck deals with Western furniture manufacturers, and could conceivably use the technology for deliveries. Along with competitor Alibaba, JD.com dominates China’s online retailing.
In April, JD.com formed JD Logistics, which says it is exploring ways to provide its services to shippers and other partners, including international logistics providers. JD believes its state-of-the art logistics technology will become increasingly important to the global logistics industry.
“This is a milestone not only for JD, but for the entire transportation industry as we extend our logistics services to other shippers on and off of JD.com,” Wang said.
JD.com will also establish a research and development campus in partnership with the Xi’an National Civil Aerospace Industrial Base (XCAIB), where unmanned systems will be developed, manufactured and tested. The campus will be the first of its kind…” READ MORE
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