Drones are officially joining China’s food delivery service.

Chinese food delivery platform Ele.me has gotten approval for the country’s first batch of air routes for real-time delivery drones in Shanghai on May 29. There are 17 routes in total, all located in Jinshan Industrial Park in the Shanghai suburbs. With three to four flights on each route, these drones connect around 100 food vendors.

A delivery person picks up food from the vendor and sends it to a distribution center where drones are parked and equipped with insulated food boxes. Then the drones will forward it to another delivery person who will hand the food to the customer who has placed the order. So, customers won’t directly receive their food from the drones.

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Jiefei Liu

Jiefei Liu is a Beijing based tech reporter. She focuses on the union of tech and content creation and loves agriculture. You can write to her at Jiefei@technode.com