JD's "Drone" Delivery Technology Transports Packages

By: Laura McQuarrie - Sep 2, 2016
References: jd & techinasia
While drone delivery technology typically refers to the use of an unmanned quadcopter that travels through the air, Chinese eCommerce company JD is unveiling a "drone" of its own that can autonomously travel on land.

The delivery bots take the form of a small six-wheeled buggy that has six compartments of different sizes that are suited to carrying a range of package sizes. Once fully loaded, the autonomous bot is able to select its own route and begin on its way, all the while, avoiding obstacles with built-in avoidance technology; the bot is so smart that it can even recognize colored lights at traffic intersections.

Once the bot arrives at a delivery destination, a user can be notified of the drone's presence via the JD app. To access the package inside, they must key in a unique code for pickup.