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JD.com introduces AI-equipped rolling robot for delivery of goods

December 17, 2018 / IoT News

JD, China’s second-largest e-commerce company, introduced an artificial intelligence-equipped rolling robot in November 2018 that can deliver goods up to 5km from its base. The autonomous home-delivery vehicle, which can be unlocked using face authentication, is helping JD cope with rising labour shortages and the rapid increase of wages in China's logistics industry. JD’s logistics base in Changsha, Hunan Province, released an initial fleet of 20 robots at the end of November. In addition to AI, the four-wheeled robot, almost the size of a small golf cart, is equipped with cameras and sensors and travels at up to 20kph while avoiding obstacles, dodging traffic jams, and obeying road signals. Each of the robots has 22 compartments, which customers can unlock using a password or face authentication. If a customer fails to remove their item within a specified time, delivery is rescheduled and the robot moves on to its next destination.