The government of Indonesia has approved drone delivery for the first time in the country’s history, thanks to a successful lobbying effort by Chinese retailer JD.com.
On January 8, JD.com’s drone took off from Jagabita Village in West Java carrying backpacks and text books to the MIS Nurul Falah Leles Elementary School. JD.com donated the school supplies to these students, part of their philanthropic commitment to education.
JD.com has been a big player in expanding Indonesia’s e-commerce. Since starting operations in 2016, JD.ID has serviced more than 20 million customers in 483 cities. This is an infrastructure and data network that JD.com has committed to assisting humanitarian endeavors.
Jon Liao, JD.com’s Chief Strategy Officer, extended his thanks to the Indonesia’s government to be part of the country’s history with this drone flight. Liao commented on his experience with drone delivery in China, the convenience it brings to customers, and the implementation of top-tier technology to further the service. Working with the World Economic Fund is and Indonesia’s government is sure to be part of JD.com’s future as they look to expand what the company can do for their e-commerce.
JD.com has long partnered with the World Economic Fund and has been a partner of their Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution. This part of JD.com’s work has been involved in forging partnerships to help frame policy, increase collaboration between stakeholders, and advance the science and technology that helps the business sector. Indonesia provides an opportunity for these parties to meet one of their top priorities, improving drone technology to deliver supplies to remote areas.
Head of Drones and Tomorrow’s Airspace at the World Economic Forum, Timothy Reuter sees the trial run in Indonesia is a bright sign for the country and the future of the technology tested there. By aligning itself with commercial trends in China, Indonesia could become a business leader for Southeast Asia by using drone delivery to expand medical and humanitarian missions where commercial good can now be accessed.
Though there are regulations left to hammer out before drone deliver is the norm, the formal announcement was made at the World Economic Forum at Davos this January. Members of the Ministry of Transportation, Civil Aviation and Air Navigation of Indonesia were present for the inaugural flight. Find More Information Here.
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