Meituan establishes robot research institute

According to the news of the New Generation Artificial Intelligence Alliance, recently, the Meituan Robot Research Institute was formally established. The leader is responsible for the research and development in the field of meituan robotics.

At the press conference, Meituan Robotics Research Institute also reached strategic cooperation with the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area Digital Economy Research Institute (referred to as "IDEA Research Institute") to establish a joint laboratory around the urban air traffic system.

Meituan established the unmanned delivery business department at the end of 2017, and tried unmanned vehicle delivery in 2020, and invested in special robot company Shihe Technology, collaborative robot company Faoyiwei, etc.

In April last year, Meituan planned to raise about US$10 billion for research and development of autonomous express vehicles, drone delivery, and other cutting-edge technologies. The establishment of the robotics research institute is expected to be part of this strategy.

At the beginning of last year, Meituan drones completed the first order delivery task for real users in Shenzhen and established an "air channel" for urban material delivery in Nanshan District, Shenzhen during the subsequent Shenzhen epidemic, providing residents in quarantined areas Delivery of emergency supplies.

In addition, Meituan is also involved in the field of surgical robots. At the end of last year, it invested in Cornerstone Robotics, a leader in innovative surgical robot technology.

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