Meituan Establishes “MARS” Robotics Research Academy in Shenzhen

Meituan establishes the “MARS” Robotics Research Academy in Shenzhen

MitwanIt is a leading Chinese e-commerce platform specializing in home delivery and life services. established The Mitwan Robotics Academy in Shenzhen (March) in the southern province of Guangdong on November 29.

Mao Wenian, vice president Mitwan And the head of the drone delivery unit, he is the president and dean of MARS, and oversees the company’s robotics research. Mao said the new academy will help the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area build an open innovation platform with service robots at its core, cooperate with leading scientists and academic institutions, carry out research and development of joint key technologies for robots, and explore how technology can be integrated with industry.

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At a news conference, the academy announced Harry Shum, a Chinese computer scientist and member of the US National Academy of Engineering, as its chief advisor. Wang Tianmiao, honorary director of the Institute of Robotics at China’s Beihang University, Yang Xuanchang, president of the China-Europe Association for Technical and Economic Cooperation (CEATEC), and Zhang Hong, an IEEE fellow, also serve as expert advisors to the academy.

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The Academy also announced a strategic cooperation with International Academy for Digital Economy (IDEA), including the establishment of a joint laboratory. In the future, this lab will focus on urban air traffic systems, low-altitude urban logistics and transportation network planning, low-altitude digital management tools, and dual digital systems for urban air traffic. It will also aim to form low-altitude urban digital aviation rules and technical standards to support infrastructure.

In October last year, Mitwan It formally introduced a new strategy of “retail + technology”, and continued to increase investment in scientific and technological research and development in key areas for more than half a year. In the financial report for the first quarter of this year, the research and development expenditure Mitwan Only up 40% year on year to 4.9 billion yuan ($685.8 million), and R&D expenditure accounted for nearly 11% of revenue.

During an interview conference call for the financial report, CEO Wang Xing said that though Mitwan It started from software, and now its business development also requires hardware. This is the fundamental reason why the company has continued to invest in robots in recent years.

(source: Mitwan)

As Mao said during the MARS launch ceremony, “In life service scenarios, robot technology is an important link between the online information world and the physical world. Service robot technology can greatly improve the efficiency of life services and create a better experience for users. On the other hand, Mitwan It has rich application fields, which can achieve rapid implementation of robot technology in the field of service life. this is the reason Mitwan Continue to interest and invest in the field of service robots.”

As a technology-driven retail enterprise, Mitwan It has been investing in the field of robotics for several years, independently developing service robots such as automatic delivery vehicles, drones, and indoor service robots, as well as software service robots such as intelligent customer service. Among them, robots such as automatic distribution vehicles and unmanned aerial vehicles have been implemented for several years, and have achieved regional scale implementation in cities such as Beijing and Shenzhen across China. To date, they have collectively fulfilled nearly 3 million orders.

Service robots have a broad market prospect. according to another “A special research report on the development of China’s robotics industry in 2022Released by iiMedia Research, the market size of service robots in areas such as logistics distribution, medical care and domestic use in China will reach 74.24 billion yuan ($10.4 billion) in 2022.

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