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Rakuten and Seiyu launch Japan’s first autonomous delivery robots

Rakuten has partnered with Seiyu to launch Japan’s first autonomous delivery robots service with JD in Umikaze Park.

Using the Rakuten Drone app, Umikaze Park visitors can place their orders from the Seiyu Livin Yokosuka Store and receive the products delivered by the Rakuten UGV (unmanned ground vehicle).

“JD develops unmanned technologies to provide customers a superior experience, and we highly value the partnership with Rakuten,” said Qi Kong, head of autonomous driving at JD Logistics. “This is a demonstration of how we are opening up our solutions to customers beyond JD.”

The autonomous delivery robots service will be available only from September 21 to October 27.

Earlier this year, JD and Rakuten signed a partnership to develop unmanned delivery solutions, one of which was drone-delivery service on Sarushima Island in Tokyo Bay.

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