Alibaba Group Holding (NYSE: BABA) plans to develop self-driving vans with logistics subsidiary Cainiao, the e-commerce big’s CTO Cheng Li introduced on the World Sensible Logistics Summit on Thursday.

What Occurred: Alibaba’s DAMO Academy and Cainiao have begun their analysis into autonomous supply vans, Li mentioned, as famous by Cainiao in a LinkedIn publish.

Alibaba will even put money into analysis and improvement to additional develop autonomous driving expertise to enhance buyer expertise.

“Autonomous driving expertise is changing into a core expertise within the digital period. We consider that sooner or later, full chain autonomous logistics distribution will be productized with sensible purposes, and function a vital productiveness device in sensible logistics,” Li mentioned.

The corporate additionally mentioned it is going to deploy 1,000 logistics robots often known as ‘Xiaomanlv’ throughout Chinese language college campuses and communities over the subsequent 12 months.

Alibaba didn’t disclose the funding quantity or any

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