Udelv, a Silicon Valley venture-backed company, has unveiled a cab-less autonomous electric delivery vehicle for multi-stop delivery, the Transporter at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES). The multi-stop electric delivery vehicle, driven by Intel’s Mobileye, features a proprietary, self-contained, modular cargo pod called the uPod.
The Transporter can carry up to 2,000 pounds of goods, make up to 80 stops per cycle at highway speeds, cover ranges between 160 and 300 miles per run depending on the battery pack option.
The vehicle is operated by Udelv’s mobile apps to schedule, deliver, track and retrieve packages.
In 2018, Udelv made its debut in California with the first-ever autonomous delivery on public roads.
Since then, Udelv has completed over 20,000 deliveries for multiple merchants in California, Arizona and Texas.
Udelv aims at having 50,000 units of the Transporter, driven by Mobileye, on public roads by 2028, with the first Transporters being commercially deployed in 2023.
Daniel Laury, Udelv CEO and co-founder, says: “This is a historic day for the transportation and logistics industries. The Transporter is transformative for two of the world’s largest industries: automotive and logistics. It was created to solve two great challenges of commercial fleets: the shortage of drivers and the electrification of fleets.”
He adds: “The Transporters will dramatically improve the efficiency and safety of last- and middle-mile delivery services and make deliveries affordable for everyone and everything from electronics and auto parts to groceries and medical supplies.”
Udelv has already gained more than 1,000 reservations, including from US-based Donlen and Europe-based Planzer and Ziegler Group.
The company was also awarded a prestigious contract from the US Air Force for a pilot program on Edwards Air Force Base in California.