China Building Drone Airports for Rural Retail Delivery
One of China’s biggest online retailers, JD.com, plans to increase services to rural areas by building 185 drone airports in southwest China. The rural market in China is twice the size of the US. The airports, which will help with deliveries to and from Sichuan, are expected to be finished within three years. JD.com hopes the new drone airports would allow agricultural products from Sichuan to be delivered anywhere in China within 24 hours, and cut certain costs by up to 70%.