DHL has launched its first urban drone delivery service in China. Working with Guangzhou-based autonomous aerial vehicle company EHang, the company deployed a fully automated drone along an 8km route in Guangzhou.
It’s a simple operation. An employee scans a barcode on the parcel and then places it in one of DHL’s intelligent cabinets. The EHang Falcon eight-propeller drone then takes the parcel on a customized route to the company’s service center and automatically lands on another cabinet.
DHL said the service reduces one-way delivery time from 40 minutes to eight minutes and can save up to 80% per delivery. The company plans to add new routes in the future but did not specify whether or when this service would be available to other customers.