We have known for a long time that companies such as Amazon, DHL and even Google are working on various projects to deliver all kinds of packages to potential customers using completely autonomous drones. Curiously, and due to the slowness with which the legislation is being processed in the United States, these companies are seeing smaller rival companies overtaking them in other countries.
This time I want to talk to you about JD.com, a Chinese company that today, as they have officially communicated and even shown on video, they are already delivering packages to their customers through the use of drones, something that in the end will allow them to continue developing their projects, being able to be tested in a real environment and correcting any type of defect or anomalous behavior.
JD.com already uses drones to deliver packages to customers in remote or hard-to-reach areas.
In the statement released by JD.com, it is discussed how the project, at the moment, is being used for deliveries of goods in mountainous and remote regions of the country. Such is the case that it is already very common to see the company's drones flying through the skies of some of these cities. In the words of Josh gartner, Vice President of JD.com:
Our target is rural areas where the infrastructure is not good and the courier sector is not developed, so it is much cheaper to send drones there. The big challenge is the power supply of the drones.
At the moment JD.com is betting on use drones, most of them electric, of different sizes, depending on the package to be transported. The largest of them all is a beast with a wingspan of almost two meters with the capacity to carry a package of up to 30 kilograms. This time we are talking about a drone that moves thanks to the use of a gasoline-powered engine.