Udelv has unveiled the Transporter – a cab-less autonomous electric delivery vehicle for multi-stop delivery – at CES 2022.
Its main feature is the uPod, a proprietary, self-contained, swappable modular cargo pod. It can carry up to 2,000 lb (907 kg) 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 can be operated by Udelv’s mobile apps. These apps can be used to schedule, deliver, track, and retrieve packages. Udelv aims at having 50,000 units of the Transporter on public roads by 2028, with the first Transporters being commercially deployed in 2023.
The uPod is connected to a proprietary cloud-based software with intelligent loading and unloading, as well as a function to return items. It has been designed to delivery goods from a number of sectors – including convenience, e-commerce and electronics. It also supports the delivery of medical supplies for B2B and B2C applications.
The Transporter is driven by Mobileye Drive – a self-driving system based on a suite of cameras, LiDARs, radars and EyeQ, Mobileye’s System-on-Chip. To rapidly deploy at scale, the Transporter will integrate Mobileye’s AV maps based on Road Experience Management – a crowdsourced, map of the world that digitizes what autonomous vehicles need to navigate and updates in real-time.
The vehicle also features Udelv’s 24/7 proprietary ultra-low latency camera-based teleoperation system for remote maneuvers and assistance. Heavily utilized is its proprietary uECU, which acts as the vehicle’s central compute unit to integrate and optimize all functions. Its battery capacity ranges between 90 and 160 kWh and supports DC fast charging to replenish 220 miles of range in 45 minutes. The transporter’s top speed is 70 mph.
Transporter fleets are operated by a proprietary Fleet Intelligence and Management System for route optimization and fleet planning algorithms.