Suning Logistics, a subsidiary of Suning Holdings Group, has signed a strategic partnership with Baidu Apollo to accelerate the commercial application of self-driving technology which could see the mass production of unmanned delivery vehicles as early as 2020, the company said.
The two parties also unveiled an unmanned delivery vehicle dubbed the “MicroCar”. Equipped with Baidu´s L4-class intelligence system, the MicroCar has been designed to solve what Suning describes as “the last 5km delivery problems”.
Suning also introduced its smart logistics system, which includes terminal delivery scenarios providing opportunities for the self-driving technology of Baidu Apollo to be put into commercial use. Suning´s terminal delivery scenarios include: Smart Community (unmanned delivery car + automatic picking-up cabinet); Local Instant Delivery (Suning convenience store + unmanned delivery car); and Mobile Distribution (unmanned distribution car + fixed distribution route).
Founded in 1990, Suning is one of the commercial enterprises in China with two public companies in China and Japan respectively. In 2017, Suning Holding ranked second among the top 500 private-owned enterprises in China with annual sales of 65.7 billion USD (412.95 billion RMB).