The coronavirus outbreak may be a turning point for unmanned delivery applications in China, which have remained limited despite widespread attention.
China gets creative with unmanned tech to combat coronavirus outbreak
Previously farfetched unmanned technologies are finding real use cases as China adapts to all-remote life. Some will stay with us.
UPS invests in unmanned truck developer TuSimple
UPS launched its self-driving service in May, with a driver and engineer monitoring behind the wheel.
JD Daojia downsizes unmanned shelf project
There have been numerous startups and companies that went bust or transitioned to a different business model.
Alibaba checks in to unmanned hotel market
Futuristic FlyZoo marks Alibaba’s step into consumer-driven IoT services.
Briefing: SF Express’ commercial unmanned aerial vehicle completes first flight trial
Feihong 98 will proceed into mass production and scalable applications after it receives tech qualifications.
JD’s unmanned store moves into Indonesia in first overseas expansion
Chinese ecommerce giant JD has announced the opening of unmanned store JD.ID X-Mart in Jakarta, Indonesia. The JD.ID X-Mart is said to be the first ever unmanned store in the South East Asian country. This also marks JD’s first attempt to bring its unmanned store technology overseas. The new unmanned store sells everything ranging from fashion and […]
JD deepens relationship with China’s military with first unmanned supermarket for PLA’s Academy of Armored Forces
On May 30, JD launched the first unmanned convenience supermarket for PLA’s Academy of Armored Forces (陆军装甲并学院). JD and land forces’ logistics unit (陆军后勤部) jointly contribute to the technical support of the supermarket. The business itself will be run by the Academy. This is not JD’s first move in China’s “military and civil integration (军民融合)” […]
Tencent shows off their vision for the future of unmanned retail
As “new retail” changes from jargon to oft-used phrase, Tencent has thrown their hat into the ring. However, they don’t plan on opening their own stores (the WeChat pop-up seems to have been exactly that). Rather they want to be the foundation to help the retail industry achieve two goals: the digital upgrade of stores and […]
Updated: Unmanned stores could see first big failure as Bianlifeng rumored to be pulling smart shelves from 38 Chinese cities
Bianlifeng (便利蜂), the operator of Chinese staff-less stores and smart vending machines, released a notice to its employees yesterday announcing that they will start pulling out vending machines from 38 cities in China an unnamed employee told Pingtu360. Except for the eight selected cities that they are currently testing the unmanned shelves in and the three […]