RenAult reveals the EZ-PRO Robo Delivery Vehicle
The Hannover Motor Show was the venue for Renault to unveil the EZ-PRO – an autonomous, electric, connected and shared robo-pod concept, a concept that the company says is designed for the future of last-mile delivery solutions.
The company says last-mile delivery services are one of the biggest opportunities for disruption in professional delivery services as E-commerce continues to grow – consumers want immediate delivery, retailers need to manage delivery costs, and cities continue to look for new ways of managing intensified traffic and congestion.
The EZ-PRO concept consists of an autonomous leader pod and driverless robo-pods. The leader pod hosts a human concierge who supervises the delivery of goods and services and its fleet. Released from today’s constraints of driving, Renault says the concierge can focus on value-added tasks, such as supervising the itinerary planning and driverless robo-pods, or ensuring efficient and customised service, such as in-person, premium delivery of groceries or fragile objects.
The fleet of driverless robo-pods either follow each other by platooning or can move independently. EZ-PRO features customisable modules that can meet a wide variety of specific business customer needs: for specialists in delivery and last mile logistics, but also for retailers, craftsmen and entrepreneurs.
A convoy of pods leaving from the same hub and managed by the same logistics operator can carry different types of goods and merchandise, each pod having its own paymaster, theme, clientele and delivery place. They are, however, operated by the same electric and autonomous platform. In the same manner, a pod can make a series of deliveries for one online store and another series for a different store.
Customers will be able to choose a convenient delivery time and location of their choice. They will also be able to choose between receiving their parcel by the concierge or accessing self-service lockers in the driverless robo-pods. These lockers, accessible 24/7, can be opened by the recipient via a mobile phone application.
The shipping solution for consumers will also feature real-time tracking options via mobile with alert services for an even smoother delivery experience.
Source: Motor Trader E-Magazine (October 2018 edition)
22 Oct 2018