Chinese e-commerce company,JD.com formally known as 360buy, tests drone delivery in Indonesia in first overseas pilot.
It is one of the two massive B2C online retailers in China by transaction volume and revenue, a member of the Fortune Global 500 and a major competitor to Alibaba-run Tmall.
in many cases, a robot may take what would be a human’s job — but there are some examples where drone technology could genuinely be transformative.
Indonesia is the world’s fourth largest country that houses a population of more than 260 million people across some 17,000 islands. The country, which is the world’s largest archipelago, is the location for e-commerce giant JD.com’s first drone trial outside of its native China.
Instead Of ferrying customer orders, the company used the tech to transport books and backpacks over 250km to students at a school in a village near Bandung, the country’s fourth-largest city.
This drone-based shipment was a trial that was part of a large donation that was delivered by conventional methods. But still, JD sees the potential to build on this pilot and develop a drone-based delivery system that can help service out-of-reach areas and generally expedite its dispatches.
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