We have started the development of a self driving delivery version of Zbee.
The trend of increased urban deliveries, which usually occurs with large fossil-fueled vans, is increasing at a rapid pace and by 2030 an increase of 80% is expected compared with todays values. Without effective measures this will create enormous challenges for our transport system, the World Economic Forum predicts.
Home deliveries are staff-intensive, which makes it difficult to become profitable with few incentives to switch vehicle types to more sustainable alternatives. By using customized ADV’s (Autonomus Delivery Vehicle’s), deliveries will be both profitable and result in better service, lower cost and less emissions.
Zbee, one of the world’s most sustainable vehicles through its design and energy efficiency, has a great potential to solve the problems that cities have with both congestion and air-pollution. Based on the Zbee technology, we we’ll continue to develop a variant that is Autonomus and designed for deliveries. The strategy comes from utilizing the potential that Zbee has and adapt it for different customers and automation systems, the focus will be on energy efficiency, low cost and multifunctional design.
“Since Zbee is designed to be a sustainable urban vehicle, it is natural to continue to build and automate it, instead of starting from scratch with heavy vehicles that do not belong in cities,” says Christoffer Sveder, Sales & Marketing at Clean Motion.
In the project we will be working with Aptiv, Combitech, Halmstad University and RISE (Research Institutes of Sweden). Together we have been granted project funding within the framework of the Swedish Transport Administration’s R&D portfolio Strategic Initiative, the GLAD project; “Goods delivery under the Last mile with Autonomus Driving vehicles.”
“The Swedish Transport Administration wants to have a good overview and increase its knowledge of what is required of the infrastructure when using self-driving vehicles and to ensure that adaptations are made in a way that promotes road safety, reduces environmental impact and increases the capacity of the road network.”, says Hamid Zarghampour, Chief Strategist at the Swedish Transport Administration.
The GLAD project is a holistic project, that will focus on Autonomus delivery from technology and human-machine interaction, to business models and potential application areas as well as how these are perceived by the surroundings.
The project started on June the 3:e and will last for two years.