Alibaba Tests Out Delivery Drones In China
E-commerce giant Alibaba is running a limited test of tea delivery drones in China, but like U.S. drone initiatives, it still faces hefty regulation.By Evan Thomas | February 4, 2015
E-commerce giant Alibaba is playing with drone delivery in a three-day program starting Feb. 4.
Residents in Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou can sign up to have a dose of ginger tea delivered by remote-controlled drone within an hour of ordering on Alibaba's Taobao marketplace. (Video via Youku / Taobao)
The test run is limited to the first 450 customers to sign up, and Tech in Asia notes they must live within a certain distance from one of Taobao's distribution centers.