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Suning Logistics tests autonomous heavy-duty truck in Shanghai, China

LBR Staff Writer Published 25 May 2018

Suning Logistics has completed the testing of self-driving heavy-duty truck, Strolling Dragon, as part of its efforts to provide fully-automated logistics solutions to the customers.

Strolling Dragon is said to be the first unmanned truck in the firm’s automated fleet with level-4 self-driving capabilities.

The autonomous heavy-duty truck holds capacity to operate without human input within pre-programmed parameters.

Strolling Dragon is claimed to be the first self-driving truck developed by a Chinese e-commerce company to pass logistics campus tests and highway-scenario road tests in China.

Suning Holdings Group chairman Zhang Jindong said: "The success of Strolling Dragon's self-driving tests is a groundbreaking accomplishment for Suning, and represents another step forward in our Online-to-Offline (O2O) smart retail strategy.

“Suning's goal is to develop its logistics business into the biggest and most intelligent retail infrastructure network in China.

Suning has installed new self-driving heavy-duty truck with advanced artificial intelligence (AI) and deep-learning technologies, as well as high-tech gadgets such as laser radar.

The new autonomous heavy-duty truck has superhuman vision, which helps it to accurately detect obstacles at a distance of more than 300m even at high speed.

Strolling Dragon can also make emergency stops or avert obstacles at a response rate of 25ms, enabling safe autonomous driving even at a speed of 80 km/h.

Jindong further added: “The promise of automation solutions will not only boost efficiency in Suning's logistics operations, but also benefit the industry, and consumers, by offering more possibilities, and a better shopping experience."

Suning introduced its automated guided vehicles (AGV) warehouse before of the 11/11 or singles day shopping festival in 2017, offering a goods-to-people solution in place of the traditional people-to-goods model.

In April, the company launched Biu autonomous delivery robots, which holds capacity to work round the clock to deliver goods directly to customers.

Sunning said it will work with technology firms to develop a smart logistics system in which self-driving trucks, automated vehicles and robots work to do the delivery job for humans.

Image: Suning Logictics’ autonomous heavy-duty truck. Photo: courtesy of PRNewswire / Suning Holdings Group.