The first autonomous, cabin-less cargo vehicle – the Transporter by Udelv – can carry 2,000 pounds of cargo, make up to 80 stops, and travel between 160 and 300 miles each way at highway speeds.
Driven by Mobileye, the Transporter is first unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), which runs January 5-8 and will be a hybrid event, with more than 2,200 vendors expected in person. Udelv is present virtually and has also released a video offering a first look at the Transporter, according to a press release issued on Monday January 3.
The electric vehicle has an ‘exclusive, self-contained, hot-swappable modular charging pod called uPod’, has multiple battery options and is operated by Udelv’s mobile apps, which offer planning, delivery, tracking and parcel recovery.
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âThis is a historic day for the transport and logistics industries,â said Daniel Laury, CEO and co-founder of Udelv. âThe Transporter is transformative for two of the world’s largest industries: automotive and logistics. It was created to solve two major challenges of commercial fleets: the shortage of drivers and the electrification of fleets.
The Transporter is Udelv’s third-generation vehicle and was developed after years of experience, customer testing and âbasic mechanical, electrical and software engineering,â the statement said.
Based in Silicon Valley, Udelv rolled out its first autonomous delivery to public roads in 2018 and has since made more than 20,000 deliveries to various retailers in California, Arizona and Texas.
The company is targeting 50,000 Transporters on public roads, driven by Mobileye, by 2028. The first Commercial Transporters are on track for deployment next year.
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Donlen, based in the United States, and Planzer and Ziegler Group, both based in Europe, are among Udelv’s 1,000 reservations for the Transporter. The company also has a contract with the US Air Force to start a test program at Edwards Air Force Base in California.
âTransporters will dramatically improve the efficiency and safety of last and mid-mile delivery services and make deliveries affordable for everyone and for everything from electronics and auto parts to groceries and medical supplies, âLaury said.