JD.com, Meituan, and Neolix give permission to launch self-driving vehicles for delivery in Beijing
Chinese e-commerce giant JD.com, delivery service Meituan, and startup Neolix, with the help of Chinese electric vehicle manufacturer Li Auto, were licensed on May 25 to launch their self-driving delivery vehicles in Beijing’s economic and technological development zone, called E-Town, built by the authorities cities.
The decision was announced at the 8th International Congress on Intelligent and Connected Vehicle Technology (CICV 2021). The first cars tested were codenamed JD0001, MT0001, and NX0001.
Last September, Beijing announced that it is building a 60 square meter high-level autonomous car cloud zone in E-Town with integrated smart roads, smart vehicles, real-time cloud data transmission, reliable network, and accurate digital maps.
JD.com and Meituan have already deployed around 100 self-driving vehicles in the area, according to the report.