China stops JD.com-Meituan's self-driving delivery plans

Tuesday, 16. July 2019 04:09

Chinese authorities blocked JD.com Inc. and its partner Meituan Dianping from developing in-house high-precision maps, hindering their plans for establishing a fleet of delivery robots, Caixin reported.

The two e-commerce giants are legally registered overseas, in New York and Hong Kong, respectively, which is why they are prohibited from using China-based mapping servers. According to the sources familiar with the matter, state regulators believe that Chinese companies set up overseas could potentially share such sensitive information with other foreign companies.

China has granted licenses to more than ten companies to develop high-precision maps, but only five of them have successfully launched digital mapping services.

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