January 3, 2022
Udelv has announced the launch of the Transporter, a cabless autonomous electric delivery vehicle aimed at multi-stop delivery tasks. The vehicle will be on display at this week’s CES 2022 event in Las Vegas.
The vehicle includes a proprietary, self-contained, hot-swappable modular cargo pod, called the uPod. It 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), and be operated by Udelv’s mobile apps in order to seamlessly schedule, deliver, track, and retrieve packages.
“This is a historic day for the transportation and logistics industries,” said Daniel Laury, the CEO and co-founder of Udelf. “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 storage of drivers and the electrification of fleets.”
The company’s third-generation vehicle is the result of years of experimentation, client testing and hardcore mechanical, electrical and software engineering, Udelv said. In 2018, the company debuted in California with the first-ever autonomous delivery on public roads, and has since completed more than 20,000 deliveries for multiple merchants in California, Arizona, and Texas. Udelv said it aims to have 50,000 units of the Transporter, driven by Mobileye, on public roads by 2028, with the first Transporters being commercially deployed in 2023.
The uPod can be customized to adapt to products being delivered, and includes the ability to carry up to 2,000 pounds.
Main features of the Transporter include:
- A patented secure, automated, hot-swappable and modular cargo space specifically designed for autonomous delivery (the uPod), with adaptive shelving and an IRIS aperture mechanism.
- The ability to carry up to 2,000 pounds of cargo, and up to 80 stops per run.
- Connection to a proprietary cloud-based software with intelligent loading and unloading, as well as a function to return items.
- The ability to deliver nearly anything, from convenience goods, e-commerce packages and groceries to auto parts, electronics, and medical supplies for B2B and B2C applications.
- A 24/7 proprietary ultra-low latency camera-based teleoperation system for remote maneuvers and assistance, with its proprietary uECU (Electronic Control Unit) acting as the vehicle’s central compute unit to integrate and optimize all functions.
- A battery capacity between 90 and 160 kWh, with a 160 to 300-mile range.
- A DC fast-charging function that can take 45 minutes, to add up to 220 miles of range.
- A top speed of 70 mph.
- A fleet of Transporters operated by a proprietary fleet intelligence and management system for route optimization and fleet planning algorithms.
The Transporter is driven by the Mobileye Drive self-driving system, and includes a suite of cameras, lidars, radars and the fifth generation of EyeQ, Mobileye’s system-on-chip for automotive applications. To rapidly deploy at scale, Udelv said the Transporter will integrate Mobileye’s AV maps based on Road Experience Management (REM), a crowdsourced, continuously updated map of the world that digitizes what autonomous vehicles need to navigate.
Udelv said it has garnered more than 1,000 reservations, including from U.S.-based Donlen and Europe-based Planzer and Ziegler Group. The company said it also was awarded a contract from the U.S. Air Force for a pilot program at Edwards Air Force Base in California.
For more details on the company and its technology, visit the Udelv website here.