Chinese e-commerce leader Alibaba Group Holding Ltd plans to develop self-driving trucks with logistics subsidiary Cainiao.

The Chief Technology Officer of Cainiao, Cheng Li, announced that the company aims to introduce 1,000 autonomous delivery robots in China over the next year. The announcement comes as dozens of start-ups, automakers and large technology firms, such as internet search leader Baidu Inc, accelerate work on self-driving vehicle systems, which are widely expected to bring a sea change to the transportation industry.

Other self-driving truck makers include US firm TuSimple Holdings Inc, which listed shares in April.