– Zay Young
In a bustling urban area of Shenzhen, China, I watched as a drone descended on a pickup truck to deliver the iced tea I ordered half an hour earlier. The delivery service is operated by Meituan, China’s most popular food delivery platform, which has been regularly delivering drones to city dwellers for the past year and a half.
What sets Meituan apart from its American peers is that it flies drones in potentially the most challenging environments: dense urban neighborhoods. For some residents and vendors in Shenzhen, drone delivery is no longer a novelty, it’s part of their daily lives. And the company’s progress shows that regular delivery of drones in cities is possible. Read the whole story.
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