DHL offering drone service in China

In a bid to tackle last mile delivery challenges in urban China, DHL Express has entered into a partnership with drone makers EHang to launch a fully automated, intelligent smart drone delivery service.

“We are delighted to be partnering with EHang to set a new innovation milestone with this new fully-automated and intelligent drone logistics solution, which combines the strength of the world’s largest international express company together with one of the leading UAV companies in the world,” said Wu Dongming, CEO, DHL Express China. “This is an exciting time for the logistics sector, with continued growth of the Chinese economy and cross-border trade, particularly in South China and the Greater Bay Area, which is home to an increasing number of SMEs and startups. This means there is a tremendous volume of logistics needs, which in turn creates new opportunities for implementing innovative solutions that can continuously drive growth with greater efficiency, sustainability and less cost.”

The first fully customised route has been developed for a DHL customer, and covers an 8km distance between the customer’s premises and the DHL service centre in Liaobu in the Guangdong Province. The EHang automated drone overcomes traffic problems in the city, reducing one way delivery time from 40 minutes to eight and will save costs of up to 80% per trip. It also reduces energy consumption and carbon footprint as against going by road.

Mr. Hu Huazhi, Founder & CEO of EHang, said: “Together with DHL we are very glad to bring the first smart drone delivery service route to China in Guangzhou; this marks a new beginning in building air logistics for smart cities. Riding on today’s launch, we expect smart drone delivery as an innovative logistics solution to be expanded and realized in more areas, and we look forward to working with DHL in building the eco-system for a multi-dimensional urban air transport system.”

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