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Ali sent a team of robots! “Double 11” early adopters of black technology

Source: China Securities Journal – China Securities Network

Original title: Ali dispatchedrobotTeam! “Double 11” early adopters of black technology

“Zhejiang University becomes the world’s first pure robot delivery university” rushed to the hot search on Weibo yesterday.

In the past two days, “new guests” — 22 logistics robots — came to the campus of Zhejiang University Zijingang. They shuttled on the road and delivered packages to various dormitory areas, becoming the world’s first university with pure robot delivery.

It is understood that this batch of robots has contracted the package delivery needs of the campus to cope with the huge amount of packages during the upcoming “Double 11” period. In the next few days, the daily delivery volume of these robots will exceed 3,000.

Logistics robots on the Zijingang campus of Zhejiang University

22 logistics robots

Delivers over 3000 pieces per day

The annual “Double 11” will be the peak logistics period of the year. According to the information previously released by the State Post Bureau, the peak season of express delivery business this year starts from the beginning of November, and the peak season will appear during the “Double 11” period.

According to statistics, Zhejiang University Zijingang Campus has a total of about 70,000 teachers, students and staff. In order to relieve the pressure of the upcoming “Double 11” express delivery peak and improve the efficiency of terminal distribution, Alibaba dispatched this logistics robot team, “Little Man Lv”, to enter Zhejiang University Zijin Port to take over all the door-to-door distribution needs on the campus.

“According to our estimation, in addition to users picking up their own packages, the Zijingang Campus of Zhejiang University needs to deliver more than 3,000 parcels to the door every day, so we dispatched additional robots and formed a huge team of 22 vehicles. This is our first attempt. Using robots to take over the distribution service at one point on such a large scale has put forward new requirements for our transportation capacity, scheduling and security.” Dong Zishan, an engineer at the Autonomous Driving Laboratory of Alibaba Damo Academy, told Zhongzheng Jun.

Dong Zishan introduced that this “Double 11”, they set up a total of 16 sites in 27 dormitory buildings on the Zijingang campus, with an average of 1-2 robots corresponding to one site, and the official operation began on November 1. At 9 o’clock in the morning, the robots will be divided into 16 routes. The user chooses a time that is convenient for him and makes an appointment for delivery online, and the robot can deliver it on time and on time. “We estimate that the robot will take no more than 10 minutes from departure to delivery.”

Next year, logistics robot delivery may become the norm

According to reports, the “Xiaomanlu” robot was born in September this year. It was developed by Alibaba Dharma Institute. It integrates artificial intelligence and autonomous driving technology. It has human-like cognitive intelligence, and the brain’s emergency response speed is 7 times that of humans. In an environment where people and vehicles are mixed, they can handle complex road conditions and select the optimal path in seconds.

“The road conditions in the end scene are very complicated. For example, in the dormitory area of ​​Zhejiang University, there are many pedestrians, cars, and bicycles on the road. During the peak period of commute to and from the get out of class, there are often people around the robot, and some bicycles are quite fast. The robot must not only ensure the traffic Safety, avoid vehicles and pedestrians in a timely manner, also ensure orderly work, deliver the reserved express on time and on time, and also deal with the interaction between robots and robots, and the problem of meeting cars, which is proposed for our automatic driving algorithm. To meet higher requirements, our technical team has also made algorithm upgrades in advance.” Dong Zishan told Zhongzheng Jun.

It is understood that at present, Ali has deployed in dozens of schools, communities and parks across the country to carry out the normal operation of logistics robots. In addition to Zhejiang University, Cangyi Dongyuan, a residential area in Hangzhou, has also switched to a pure robot delivery model.

This year, Tmall’s “Double 11” was launched ahead of schedule, and the demand for transportation capacity is even greater than in previous years. “Next, we will speed up the mass production progress of ‘Xiaomanlu’ and the layout of points across the country. It is expected that by next year, everyone will see a large number of ‘Xiaomanlu’ appear around people.” Dong Zishan said.

Drones and robots help logistics and distribution

High technology has become the development trend of express delivery industry in recent years. It is understood that, in addition to Ali, companies such as SF Express and JD Logistics continue to innovate in the field of technology, breaking the traditional model of the express delivery industry relying on manpower.mechanicalIt greatly improves the production efficiency.

In September this year, SF Express brought its new smart wearable device (SF Wear) to the Expo. According to reports, this is a wearable mobile delivery terminal, which consists of a smart delivery watch, a badge scanner and a Bluetooth headset (optional). The courier can scan the code on the badge scanner to identify the shipment information, and then use the online operation of the delivery APP on the smart watch to quickly complete the delivery. Compared with the traditional collection and delivery method, SF Wear can save 20 seconds for each express delivery on average.

In terms of logistics drone transportation, Zhongzheng Jun learned from SF Express that SF Express’s Ark drone has performed well in the emergency protection of the new crown epidemic this year. For key areas of the epidemic such as Wuhan Jinyintan Hospital, SF Express has used logistics drones to build a contactless air emergency transportation channel. As of the end of the epidemic in April, SF Express has invested more than 20 drones to transport materials exceeding 20 tons. The pressure on the transportation of anti-epidemic materials. In addition, SF’s drones have taken advantage of timeliness in the recent transportation of fresh hairy crabs and other fresh products, shortening the time it takes for hairy crabs to go out to sea to the transportation point to 12 minutes, increasing the efficiency by 15 times.


Ali sent a team of robots! “Double 11” early adopters of black technology

Photo by our reporter Jin Yidan

In addition to drones and wearable devices, logistics robots are another innovation in the express delivery industry.

Recently, JDL Jingdong Logistics announced to cooperate with Changshu City, Jiangsu Province to build the world’s first “unmanned delivery city”. JD Logistics said it will invest 100,000 robots for unmanned delivery in the next five years.

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