The competition between express drones and robots is hot, and policy loosening is the key to development


AsiaIndustrial NetNews: At present, the rapid development of the logistics industry has promoted the delivery drones and express deliveryrobotwas born, and the two are rapidly entering the application market with a competitive attitude.future, logisticsautomationTo achieve healthy development, it is still inseparable from the loosening of policies and active guidance.

The competition between express drones and robots is hot, and policy loosening is the key to development

The competition between express drones and Robots is hot, and policy loosening is the key to development

With the rapid development of the e-commerce industry, the ever-increasing volume of logistics and distribution has brought express companies to the test.
Statistics from the State Post Bureau show that as of December 20 last year, China’s express delivery business has exceeded 30 billion pieces, a year-on-year increase of 51.7%. On the one hand, the fast-growing express delivery business volume, on the other hand, are consumers who are more and more “impatient” to pick up their packages, which prompts the express delivery industry to think and solve a difficult problem – how to make massive packages reach each consumer faster and better hands.
In order to solve this problem, drones and robots have become an important option for retail giants and logistics companies.
Amazon leads the development of delivery drones
UAV delivery is nothing new. From domestic and foreign e-commerce giants Amazon to JD.com, they have begun to try, and this air logistics battle will continue to be staged.
Amazon is currently developing drones for express delivery. Due to the serious lag in the US government’s regulation in the field of commercial drones, American technology companies including Amazon have chosen to conduct research and development tests in overseas countries such as the UK.
Amazon’s drone research and development base is located in Cambridge, UK. On December 7, 2016, Amazon successfully completed the first delivery by drone. The drone departed from Amazon’s base in Cambridge, sailed at an altitude of 400 feet (about 122 meters) above the ground, and arrived at its destination safely after 13 minutes, and successfully delivered the goods.
According to the latest news from foreign media, Linxu plans to triple the research and development strength of the drone business, which shows that Bezos wants to make Amazon the first “crab eater” of new technologies.
Competing with drones to test delivery robots on the road
The rapid development of express drones has made robots jealous.
In April 2017, Hermes Express announced the start of testing autonomous delivery robots on the streets of London. Developed by Estonian delivery robotics company Starship Technologies, the self-driving robot is a six-wheeled robot designed to pick up packages. Just Eat, the UK’s largest food delivery provider, already uses the robot to deliver food in some areas of London. The delivery robot is 55 centimeters tall, 70 centimeters long, weighs 18 kilograms, and can reach speeds of up to 6.4 km/h.
Hermes Express will use delivery robots within a 2-mile radius of the control center to pick up a certain number of packages in 30 minutes to test how well the robots can complete tasks within tight turnaround times. Each robot can carry loads of up to 10 kilograms with guaranteed safety, and customers can use the robot with a password sent to their smartphone.
In the face of the development trend of express robots wanting to catch up, Virginia and Iowa have successively introduced bills to allow such robots to go on the road. This is undoubtedly good news for the development of express drones.
Logistics automation faces many restrictions and still needs policy loosening and guidance
Although the development of drones and robots in the logistics field has a bright future, the road to commercial application is not smooth, and it is still facing many policy and regulatory restrictions.
As early as the end of 2013, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos first revealed Amazon’s “Prime Air” logistics plan, which hopes to deliver small packages by remote-controlled drones. Since then, affected by U.S. policy, Amazon has even moved drone testing to the U.K., Australia, Canada and other regions to circumvent U.S. government restrictions.
The courier robot has not yet been approved by most countries and regions, and it is still in the initial testing stage.
In addition, the hidden dangers caused by drone flight to aviation safety and robots to ground traffic safety are also the main reasons for restricting the development of logistics automation. Industry experts said that drones and robotics technology are a new thing, and at the current speed of development, it is only a matter of time before the technical defects are solved and perfected. In the future, to be truly applied to the express logistics industry on a large scale, the most important thing is to loosen the policy and actively guide it.

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