Udelv will deploy their newest autonomous delivery van (ADV), Newton, to Microsoft’s Redmond, Washington, USA campus to showcase its leading autonomous delivery service, dubbed “Autodeliv”.
The Newton ADV has modular cargo space, 1,200lb carrying capacity, and experience of more than 10,000 autonomous deliveries projected by the end of 2019.
The company plans on deploying hundreds of ADVs in key markets by the end of 2020.
Microsoft Azure’s services for autonomous vehicles will enable Udelv to scale its service and continue to offer autonomous delivery technology.
According to KPMG, more than 50% of total logistics costs for any retailer is attributed to last mile delivery.
The same report predicts that autonomous delivery vehicles will dramatically change the consumer e-commerce experience, drive consumer demand for faster, easier deliveries and create a totally new product-delivery ecosystem.
Udelv is optimising their development and production operations with Microsoft Azure including Azure DevOps, Azure Machine Learning, Azure AI, high-performance Computing (HPC) data management services, and more.
Udelv CEO Daniel Laury said: “The collaboration with Microsoft is an endorsement of the autonomous delivery technology that Udelv’s team has developed.
“Our ongoing work in the areas of delivery-specific autonomous driving, delivery robotics, tele-operations, cloud-based fleet management, and mobile applications have led us to create an end-to-end solution acclaimed and embraced by the world’s largest logistics industry players.”
Udelv is currently making deliveries in the San Francisco Bay Area, Phoenix, Arizona, and will soon be in Houston, Texas, where the company has successfully deployed partnerships with major retailers in various industries.
It is already providing its autonomous delivery service to Walmart and will soon deploy its ADVs with other clients.