Fleet management company, Donlen announced the first pre-order of 1,000 Transporters, an autonomous electric delivery vehicle from Udelv. The non-binding pre-order is believed to be the largest to date for an autonomous delivery vehicle.
“We are thrilled to be the first customer for the Udelv Transporter,” said Tom Callahan, president of Donlen. “The combination of Udelv’s zero-emissions Transporter and automated delivery management system with Mobileye Drive will enable sweeping delivery cost reductions, make our roads safer, and lower carbon emissions across America.”
Udelv will perform the integration of Mobileye Drive with its Delivery Management System, with Mobileye providing technical oversight and over-the-air software support. Mobileye-driven Transporters will be capable of L4 self-driving and point-to-point operation.
They will be deployed in conjunction with Udelv’s tele-operations system, which helps maneuver Transporter in “edge cases” such as parking lots, loading zones, apartment complexes, and private roads.
Silicon Valley-backed Udelv is banking on last-mile deliveries as a natural sector for the first commercial autonomous vehicle deployments, citing its exponential increase in volume, high cost in the distribution chain, and driver shortage.
Mobileye also plans to deploy autonomous shuttles with Transdev ATS and Lohr Group beginning in Europe as well as begin operating an autonomous ride-hailing service in Israel in early 2022.
Source: Automotive Fleet