DHL’s fully-automated urban drone delivery service

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DHL Express and intelligent autonomous aerial vehicle company EHang have entered into a strategic partnership to jointly launch a fully automated and intelligent smart drone delivery solution to tackle the last-mile delivery challenges in the urban areas of China. The launch ceremony was held on May 16, 2019 at the EHang Command and Control Center in Guangzhou and marks a new milestone in both companies’ continuous efforts to bring innovative and intelligent solutions with greater automation to the market.

A new customized route has been exclusively created for a DHL customer and covers a distance of approximately 8km (5 miles) between the customer premises and the DHL service center in Liaobu, Dongguan, Guangdong Province. Using the most advanced Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) in EHang’s newly-launched Falcon series, featuring the highest level of intelligence, automation, safety and reliability, the new intelligent drone delivery solution overcomes the complex road conditions and traffic congestion common to urban areas. It reduces one-way delivery time from 40 minutes to only eight minutes and can save costs of up to 80% per delivery, with reduced energy consumption and carbon footprint compared with road transportation.

Read more on the drone delivery service here.

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