Taobao first test the water distribution UAV many users excited. Between February 4 to 6, date, north of Guangzhou after the three specific areas of the user at the specified page Taobao single purchase ginger tea, have a chance to experience the service, a total of 450 people will be able to experience the UAV delivery, Beijing's first single already completed in the 4th morning with a time of 37 minutes.
But "First Financial Daily" reporters to Taobao learned that the UAV delivery just wanted an event, the UAV is provided Yuantong Express, Taobao currently no subsequent commercialization UAV distribution plan, the interior also no special department set up research in this field.
4 morning, the first single Taobao in Beijing UAV order generation, is worth $ 49 brown sugar ginger tea. After being the staff set up GPS navigation line, loaded with merchandise from YTO-X650 UAV Tongzhou tact sending pieces outlets departure, destination Liyuan Cloud View South Main Street, where there is tact couriers waiting for UAVs landing, the whole process takes 37 minutes.
According to reports, since this whole flight is less than 100 meters altitude in the rings outside the region, and therefore do not need prior approval be reported to the Civil Aviation Authority.
As this event provided free shipping service, so the buyer actually paid only the cost of goods. But as distribution costs within that 37 minutes is the amount of tact and Taobao did not disclose to reporters. For this test the water, tact has also not accepted the reporter's interview request.
In the next two days, the order in Guangzhou and Shanghai area will also use drones distribution, distribution point concerns the Shanghai Zhongrong Jasper Tower, Times Financial Tower, Shanghai Bank Building, Transportation Finance Building, Bank of China Tower; includes Guangzhou Tianhe Pearl River are Hui, Kwong 弘天琪, Poly champagne, three silver Tower, Ocean Plaza and the surrounding area, you can reach within one hour.
Although only one with an active promotional in nature, and Taobao also said that no follow-up plans, but the domestic electricity supplier giant's move is with a wind vane means, leaving the outside world is not a small imagination, had also tried SF Express distribution services over UAV test. Momentum obtained from domestic capital UAV company frequently favored look, this field has become popular now.
According to the domestic UAV manufacturer Dajiang Innovation publicly available information in 2010, its sales is only a mere 300 million, in 2012 this figure rose to 200 million yuan, in 2013 soared to 800 million yuan, in 2014 is expected to grow exponentially.
In logistics, international electricity supplier giant Amazon.com proposed distribution plan PrimeAir UAV more than a year of time, and within the company is actively promoting research work related to business and technology, so UAVs and delivery vehicles partner will be wrapped in 30 minutes or more to the hands of customers in a short time, advancing the pace of commercialization. In addition, Google, Facebook and other Silicon Valley companies are testing the waters UAV applications.
Currently, the range UAV program can be very broad applications, such as aerial photography, agriculture, real estate, fire, WiFi hotspots, transmission line, surveying, wildlife protection. In contrast, the distribution of commercial UAV is still a long way to go, as the two shackles and regulatory costs.
Analysys International analyst Wang Xing "First Financial Daily" correspondent said that from the perspective of science and technology, UAVs distribution does represent a potential future development direction of logistics, which is the current electricity providers and logistics enterprises to actively test for a reason, But if commercialization is difficult to mention, on the one hand UAV technology has not yet reached the required commercial precision, high efficiency and low cost; on the other hand, "can not fly," the voice does not express and electricity hands provider company, pending approval of sector liberalization.
In fact, even in the UAV project to develop more hot US, the electricity supplier for the distribution of the application still has not been approved by the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), and the ongoing efforts to communicate at Amazon, FAA has not let go. The latter is currently permitted to UAVs for crop growth monitoring and real estate company Housing photograph taken two fields. Compared to the distribution, the flight distance is shorter these two applications.
Not long ago, FAA also authorized the British Petroleum (BP) using commercial UAVs in the open area of Alaska for monitoring oil drilling platforms and pipelines for maintenance, allowing Amazon to see the UAV commercial authorization hope .