FedEx tests autonomous delivery vehicle in China

FedEx tests autonomous delivery vehicle in China

FedEx Express has announced that it is collaborating with Neolix, a leading company in autonomous technology, to test an autonomous delivery vehicle in China.

This is the first time in its operations in China that FedEx has partnered with a local Chinese technology company to test the use of a driverless vehicle. It is the latest FedEx effort to embrace technological innovation and deploy autonomous vehicles to embrace sustainable and intelligent logistics in China.

The unmanned delivery vehicle is zero emission, all electric with L4 level autonomous technology which means it incorporates vehicle self-driving tech with internet and intelligent cargo box tech, allowing for AI intelligent dispatching, all-round monitoring, and cloud-based management.

It also offers multiple safety features with a maximum cargo capacity of approximately 500 kg and a range of 100 km on a full charge and is equipped with a technical system that can handle complex road conditions and traffic light recognition during the delivery process.

Additionally, the cargo box of the autonomous vehicle can be converted into a temperature-controlled compartment and a smart parcel locker.

“FedEx Express is committed to developing and leveraging technologies that will help transform the logistics industry, enhance customer experience and reduce the environmental impact of our business operations,” said Eddy Chan, senior vice president and president, FedEx China.

“The rapid growth of e-commerce requires more flexible and efficient digital logistics solutions to solve the ‘last-mile’ delivery challenges. Our collaboration with Neolix will help us further understand the role of autonomous vehicle technology in enhancing operational flexibility and diversity, which is our latest initiative to support sustainable and intelligent logistics.”

FedEx and Neolix began testing the autonomous vehicle in October 2021 in Beijing. The two companies will test a variety of operational applications in different scenarios including delivery to a campus, office building and station over different time periods and then will obtain feedback about the customer experience.

The autonomous vehicle will be shown at the China International Import Expo in Shanghai in November. Visitors will be able to see firsthand its advanced functions, operations and convenient applications.