Meituan UAV to attend Gitex Global 2023, conduct first flights outside China

Users will be given the chance to order meals via mobile apps and have them delivered to them or to a designated drop-off point.

Meituan UAV (美团无人机), the drone arm of food delivery giant Meituan (美团, HK: 03690), will conduct its first flight outside of China at Gitex Global 2023 in Dubai, showcasing the technologies and applications of the UAV developer。

In a poster shown on the official WeChat account of the Shenzhen-based company, Meituan UAV said it will put its products and solutions on display from October 16 to 20 at the largest tech fair in the Middle East.

Aside from exhibiting the technologies at its booth (Hall25-A40) at the Dubai World Trade Centre, Meituan UAV plans to run demonstration flights — the first ever beyond China — to show visitors how drones can enable delivery and logistics businesses.

Users will be given the chance to order meals via mobile apps and have them delivered to them or to a designated drop-off point.

Nonetheless, Meituan didn’t specify how, where and when the flights will take place.

Meituan has been leading the way in commercializing its drone technologies to provide an alternative to rider-enabled takeout delivery.

Since February this year, it has pressed a fleet of its drones into service, setting up vertipads for the pick-up and drop-off of orders in bustling areas of Shenzhen to meet customer demand.

cnrobopedia reported earlier that as of September, the Internet titan had a total of six commercial flight paths in operation and is looking to expand its network.

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