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‘Autonomous delivery from test run to large-scale operation in China’

by Pieter Werner

The China autonomous delivery vehicle industry has transitioned from test run to large-scale operation, according to the “China Autonomous Delivery Vehicle Industry Report, 2022” report by ResearchAndMarkets.com.

In May 2021, the first batch of autonomous delivery vehicles in China was allowed to run on public roads in demonstration areas. During the epidemic in Shanghai in 2022, more than 500 autonomous delivery vehicles were assembled to serve the affected areas.

After going through adaptation to different scenarios and technical optimization and verification in this period of time, autonomous delivery vehicles are finding ever wider application. Autonomous express delivery, autonomous takeaway delivery, supermarket delivery and autonomous retail have penetrated scenarios like communities, industrial parks, college campuses, smart scenic spots, AI parks and business districts.

In Neolix’s case, as of July 2022 its autonomous vehicles have successfully been used in over 100 scenarios in 40 cities of 13 countries, delivering more than 2 million orders to over 300,000 users. The company has delivered and deployed a total of more than 1,000 vehicles. In the meantime, Unity Drive’s products have landed in over 100 large- and medium-sized cities and run in over 150 parks across China. As of July 2022, GoFurther.AI’s intelligent autonomous delivery vehicles have delivered 1.3 million parcels.

As concerns application, as of May 2022, JD Logistics has had nearly 400 intelligent delivery vehicles operated normally in over 25 cities across China, including Beijing, Tianjin and Changshu.

During 2022-2023, JD will push on with research and development and put into use thousands of intelligent delivery vehicles for a wider coverage of autonomous delivery. In more than 200 colleges and universities in China, Cainiao has introduced more than 500 Xiaomanlu autonomous vehicles to serve millions of teachers and students, realizing normal operation.

Companies’ quicker pace of carrying out their large-scale implementation plans has a strong bond with maturing autonomous delivery vehicle technology and declining vehicle cost.

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