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China Is on the Fast Track to Drone Deliveries

JD.com and SF Holding are building networks of large and small UAVs, and working with regulators to create rules for widespread use.

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China Is on the Fast Track to Drone Deliveries

The day after Chinese e-commerce giant JD.com Inc.’s mid-year sale, a company drone took off from a playground in the city of Xi’an to deliver one of the orders in a football-sized box to a village in the mountains to the south.

The six-rotor craft is one of about 40 JD.com designed to cut delivery times for items such as smartphones and food to remote areas where land transport is too expensive or slow.