Alibaba to develop self-driving trucks with logistics unit Cainiao

By REUTERS | 10 June 2021

Cheng Li speaking next to a Cainiao autonomous delivery robot in Hangzhou today. — Reuters

HANGZHOU: Chinese e-commerce leader Alibaba Group Holding Ltd plans to develop self-driving trucks with logistics subsidiary Cainiao, chief technology officer Cheng Li said today.

Cheng also said Cainiao aims to introduce 1,000 autonomous delivery robots in China over the next year.

The announcement comes as dozens of startups, automakers and large technology firms, such as internet search leader Baidu Inc, accelerate work on self-driving vehicle systems, which are widely expected to bring a sea change to the transportation industry.

Other self-driving truck makers include US firm TuSimple Holdings Inc, which listed shares in April.