JD.com, SAIC and Dongfeng partnered on autonomous delivery vans

JD.com Inc., SAIC Maxus and Dongfeng Motor Corporation are collaborating on developing autonomous delivery vans. China's second-largest e-commerce player on Thursday announced a partnership with Chinese carmakers to conduct research on the country's first automated car.

Tinuku JD.com, SAIC and Dongfeng partnered on autonomous delivery vans

The Beijing-based e-commerce giant also said two models of autonomous light electric vans have been developed alongside SAIC Maxus and Dongfeng for delivery of goods from JD.com distribution centers to delivery stations.

SAIC Maxus electric van detects obstacles up to a radius of 150 meters and plots routes using radar systems, sensors and positioning systems. Until now the van has been successfully performing automatic route planning tests, overtaking, obstacle avoidance and self parking.

"Working closely with partners, we will continue to improve our smart logistics and drive solutions for our traditional logistics," said JD Logistics CEO Wang Zhenhui.

JD.com said the partnership aims to promote the development of autonomous vehicles, prepare related technologies and improve smart logistics systems. The company is getting stronger to build intelligent logistics to compete Alibaba Group Holding Ltd.

JD.com began developing its automated delivery vehicle last year, which aims to use unmanned vehicles to make mass deliveries to office buildings and residential areas in cities to improve delivery efficiency.

Last year, the company used unmanned aircraft to serve online purchases in the countryside in Jiangsu province. In addition, the robot and self-driving car also to send during the shopping festival June 18 this year.