JD Delivery Drone Used to Deliver Food to Flood Victims
China’s JD.com is one of the world’s leading online retailers, breaking into the Global Fortune 500’s top 100 companies this year. Like Amazon in the U.S., JD recognized the value of a JD delivery drone early on: and the company has trialed using drones to deliver to remote areas.
Since the massive floods hit China last month, the self-developed JD delivery drone has been delivering emergency supplies to Xinxiang, a city in the Henan province. A recent blog post describes how one engineer from JD’s logistics innovation lab went above and beyond the call of duty to respond to the disaster.
Chaokang Liu is a drone engineer working on the development of the JD delivery drone. When the company asked for help with emergency response after the flooding, Liu volunteered immediately. With his luggage and a last-mile delivery drone designed to lift up to about 55 pounds, Liu traveled for 10 hours in a JD Logistics truck to Xinxiang.
The mission was to deliver food for 30…