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The retailer completed Indonesia’s first government approved drone flight, a breakthrough for drone delivery in Southeast Asia.
The test flight took place on 8th January 2019, in West Java, Indonesia. It is a joint project between JD.com, the World Economic Forum (WEF) and the Indonesian government. The news of JD.com’s breakthrough was announced at the WEF’s annual meeting.
The drone delivered backpacks and books to MIS Nurul Falah Leles Elementary School in Jagabita Village, Parung Panjang, Indonesia.
Villages like Jagabita are typically difficult to reach using conventional on-the-ground transportations because of the treacherous road conditions. Drone technology provides an effective and efficient means to reach these villages for the first time.
JD.com has been using drones for deliveries in rural areas of China for over two years. “We have seen the profound impact that the technology can have on people’s lives around the country,” said Jon Liao, Chief Strategy Officer at JD.com.
Indonesia has 17,000 islands, where drone technology has potential to make a much bigger impact.
“This trial represents the first government approved drone delivery operation in Indonesian history,” said Timothy Reuter, Head of Drones and Tomorrow’s Airspace at the WEF. “These tests are an opportunity for Indonesia to become a leader in the Southeast Asia region by leveraging drone delivery to improve access to vital medical, humanitarian, and commercial goods in remote areas.”
JD.com and WEF will work together on drone projects in Indonesia and Southeast Asia.
This test flight is only the beginning.
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