Dada Group’s intracity courier unit Dada Now has officially launched a platform for its autonomous delivery service, in a move to take on rivals like Meituan which is already testing a drone-enabled logistics network in Shanghai.
The platform, already adopted by Seven Fresh stores and Yonghui supermarkets, uses autonomous delivery vehicles developed by JD Logistics and White Rhino that focus on delivering goods within an hour of being ordered. The vehicles can play a bigger role in bad weather and at nights when the supply of human couriers is less stable, Shanghai-based Dada Group said in a statement on Tuesday.
The platform also features functions including order management, vehicle dispatching and delivery route planning to enhance efficiency, the statement said.
The announcement comes little more than a week after Beijing-based White Rhino secured nearly $10 million in its pre-series A funding round.
In recent years, China’s delivery companies have geared up to offer more robot-enabled logistics services as part of efforts to reduce costs and enhance efficiency. This week, food delivery giant Meituan signed an agreement with electric-vehicle startup Li Auto to use the latter’s intellectual property to develop self-driving delivery vehicles.
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