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Coronavirus lockdown sparks expansion of drones and robot deliveries

Need to avoid human contact has shown value of autonomous robots

| China
A doctor picks up a package from's autonomous delivery robot in Wuhan on Feb.8: the technology must be similar to that of a robotaxi. (Photo provided by

Qi Kong is Chief Scientist and Head of Autonomous Driving at JD Logistics, a business group under, China's largest retailer.

After the sudden outbreak of COVID-19, in order to remain safe and healthy, people had to stay home and avoid unnecessary human interactions, which led them to rely heavily on online shopping.

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