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Chinese autonomous aerial vehicle company EHang and logistics giant DHL are launching a fully automated and intelligent drone delivery solution to tackle delivery challenges in the urban areas of China.

The EHang Falcon smart drone has eight propellers on four arms and is designed with multiple redundant systems for full backup, and smart and secure flight control modules. The drones can carry up to 5kg of cargo per flight.

Mr. Hu Huazhi, Founder & CEO of EHang, says: “Together with DHL we are very glad to bring the first smart drone delivery service route to China in Guangzhou; this marks a new beginning in building air logistics for smart cities. Riding on today’s launch, we expect smart drone delivery as an innovative logistics solution to be expanded and realized in more areas, and we look forward to working with DHL in building the eco-system for a multi-dimensional urban air transport system.”

Wu Dongming, CEO, DHL Express China, adds: “This is an exciting time for the logistics sector, with continued growth of the Chinese economy and cross-border trade, particularly in South China and the Greater Bay Area, which is home to an increasing number of SMEs and startups. This means there is a tremendous volume of logistics needs, which in turn creates new opportunities for implementing innovative solutions that can continuously drive growth with greater efficiency, sustainability and less cost.”

DHL says the new service will save costs of up to 80% per delivery plus it will reduce energy consumption and carbon footprint compared with road transportation.

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