China’s largest online retailer, JD, has announced new delivery drones for carrying more than a ton of cargo to rural Chinese customers.
JD sees an opportunity to use drone delivery as replacement for the now existing delivery network that has to use poor infrastructure. The drones will make the deliveries faster and less exhausting.
Competitors such as Amazon are already familiar with drone delivery programs but this new drone from JD that is able to fly within a 300km radius will take drone deliveries to a higher level.
JD has set up a drone airbase in the Shaanxi province of central China and they envision a network that will be able to efficiently transport goods between cities and even provinces in the future.
The US, and especially Amazon, now has a new competitor in the drone delivery industry and they are well aware of this, but are stymied because the Federal Aviation Administration can’t decide how to regulate the airways. Meaning that it takes to long for an application approval in comparison to the invention of new drones.