A Chinese e-commerce giant said that it will build 150 airports in southwestern Sichuan province for unmanned aerial vehicle delivery, the official media here reported. JD.com CEO Richard Liu said the airports were expected to open in three years and the drone delivery will help reduce the freight costs by 70 percent. Also Read - Let our firms take part in 5G trials, China tells IndiaAlso Read - India bans 43 more Chinese apps over security concerns
The drone service will deliver Sichuan’s products to shoppers nationwide within 24 hours and will improve delivery efficiency in remote mountainous areas in Sichuan, Liu added. JD.com has been developing drone delivery to meet the rising retail demand in China’s rural areas, where complex terrain and underdeveloped infrastructure have compromised timely human courier delivery.
It said its drones, which can carry 50 kilograms of parcels, have been put into use and drones that can carry 500 kilograms are in the pipeline. The company’s drone delivery project has received approvals in some provinces, and planning of air routes began in May, state-run Xinhua news agency reported. ALSO READ: China s next project is a network of 156 mini-satellites for global broadband coverage