China e-commerce firm Suning Tesco has opened the first pilot route for unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) logistics and transportation in Wuhan, China. Its logistics arm Suning Logistics and Ewatt Aerospace jointly developed two UAVs for this purpose.
One of the UAVs is a multi-rotor logistics drone for short-distance transportation while the other is a fixed-wing, vertical take-off and landing UAV that can carry a load of 8kg and fly more than 100km.
Suning Logistics plans to build unmanned logistics transportation around the supporting industries of UAVs and build 5,000 UAV smart logistics hubs across China.
Yang Wei, Head of Ewatt Aerospace’s UAV Business Logistics, said that the promotion of intelligent technology to logistics is an irreversible trend. While improving logistics efficiency, UAV distribution combined with big data, cloud services and hardware equipment applications is a new system to explore.