CES Asia Panel Discussion: Consumers and Businesses Take to the Skies
【Summary】Three experts from JD.com, DJI, and legal firm Hogan Lovells sat together in panel discussion to share their viewpoints of the trending drone technology.
Consumer drones are taking off, commercial drones are taking flight, and drone technology is evolving quickly. Is the regulatory framework advancing fast enough to meet market needs? How are developments in software, hardware and standards supporting the safe integration of drones into the airspace? Three experts from JD.com, DJI, and legal firm Hogan Lovells sat together to share their viewpoints of the trending drone technology.
"We are closely following the drone-related matters in US, Europe and other continental places." Lu Zhou, Counsel of Hogan Lovells said at the panel discussion. She noted that the drone has become a powerful tool in precision agriculture, film and television. In the past two years in China, the Chinese government has already set the tone that the drone industry is a field that the regulators want to focus and promote. Particularly, for drones that can be used for agriculture.
Earlier in January, Chinese vice-minister of Agriculture Zhang Taolin for the first time acknowledged using drones as agricultural machinery. He mentioned that the government will subsidize agricultural drones in suitable pilot regions. DJI as the world's leading drone provider, developed its Agras MG-1, an agricultural drone that can spray an area of 4,000 to 6,000 square meters in just 10 minutes, which is 40 to 60 times faster than manual operations.
"Our company as the major drone provider, and lived through four phases of transformation." Paul Xu, VP of DJI said at the discussion, he pointed out that DJI used to develop helicopter flight control systems, but gradually expanded its market into the consumer drone field after seeing its potential years ago. Now the company has taken 70% share of the global consumer drone market.
JD drone Architect Xiaolei Cheng also talked about drones being utilized for package deliveries.
"We as the leading e-commerce in China, strive to offer customer the best online shopping experience. Last year we have achieved the delivery of 100 million customers per month. Our drone delivery program wants to integrate the advanced drone technology with our JD assisting logistics and network. We want to drive from the current labor logistics model to a more efficient technology-driven aspect."
He mentioned that in the past two years, many companies have tested drone delivery and they have tried their best to solve all the problems and make a real drone delivery program. Earlier this week, JD announced plans to develop a drone aircraft capable of carrying cargo weighing a ton or more on long-distance deliveries. The company said it will test the drones on a network it is developing to cover the northern Chinese province of Shaanxi, and will carry consumer goods to remote areas and farm produce to cities. The company started making deliveries to customers using smaller drones in November.
"Drone delivery center has started operation. Just now, at this moment, our drone is taking someone's package, flying in the sky delivering to the customers." Cheng said.
Claire Peng has over 6 years of professional experience in the media industry, covering TV, newspaper and online media. She was once a reporter and producer for Fairchild Television based in Toronto Canada, and worked as an English news reporter for the Global Times in Beijing. She writes mainly about self-driving, companies investment, and the enterprise lab.
NYU Releases the Largest LiDAR Dataset to Help Urban Development
July 13th, 2017 News of the Day: Uber merges with Yandex, U.S. to simplify driverless car rules
Hyperloop One Completes Its First Successful Test Run
July 12th, 2017 News of the Day: Faraday to move its factory, Vizio files lawsuit against LeEco
July 11th, 2017 News of the Day: Tesla to triple its service, Porsche posts half-year sales record
Faraday Future Halts Construction of $1 billion Factory in Nevada
July 10th, 2017 News of the Day: China to become Cadillac’s largest market, Oregon adds EV rebate
July 7th, 2017 News of the Day: VW partners with Kuka, Tesla to build battery factory in Australia
- Exor to Invest $200 million for a 9% Stake in Ride-Hailing Company Via Transportation
- Jaguar Land Rover Unveils Autonomous and Electric ‘Project Vector’ Shuttle Concept
- Is the New Tesla Model Y Ready for the Growing Competition it's up Against?
- General Motors Shutters its Peer-to-Peer Car-Sharing Unit Maven
- BMW Reveals its Fully-Electric 530 HP Concept i4 Sedan, the First of Many New Electrified Models
- The Upcoming Electric SUV From Volkswagen Renamed ID.4
- Consumer Interest in Tesla Spells Bad News for the Rest of the EV Industry, Claims Bloomberg
- Ride-Hailing Company Lyft Buys U.S. Digital Advertising Startup Halo Cars
- Chipmaker Intel Buys Public Transit App Moovit for $900 Million in Push to Develop Robotaxis
- Automakers Ford & General Motors are Allowing Rival Tesla to Lead U.S. EV Production Until at Least 2026, Data Indicates