China’s courier company Cainiao Network has launched a driverless delivery vehicle at a university in Hunan Province. The vehicle helps with contactless parcel delivery in the context of the normalization of epidemic prevention and control. Yu Huapeng, manager of Cainiao Network campus station, said “The vehicle called ‘Xiaomanlyu’ is the first driverless delivery vehicle launched by Cainiao Network at universities in Hunan Province.”“Its operation time is from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. every day, and the whole delivery route is about three kilometers.” Yu elaborated. “The round trip takes about fifty minutes, and 40 t0 50 packages are delivered each time. Cainiao Network staff and Cainiao station operators can check the real-time location of the vehicle and the fulfillment of orders through an App.” He added.Guo Weiting, a student at Central South University of Forestry and Technology said “The Singles’ Day is approaching and I’ve done a lot of shopping online. For instance, I’ve already received three packages today.”
“Usually, I have to go to Cainiao station under the bridge to pick up my packages, which takes about 20 minutes to go back and forth. Today, I go my parcels directly at my dormitory which is very convenient.” “At the same time, I also feel that autonomous driving has already entered our life.” She concluded. A total of 350 such self-driving delivery vehicles will be in use across the country around this year’s Singles’ Day, covering more than 70 cities and over 200 universities.