Welcome to the September 2018 issue of “Across Logistics” Innovation News Release, where we are presenting you the latest innovative technologies and important news in logistics that happened over the past month.
Here is the list of topics in this issue:
- DPDgroup and Groupe Renault collaborate for the future of last mile delivery
- Volvo Presents its Fully Autonomous Electric Truck “Vera”
- Kuehne + Nagel Deploys Blockchain Technology
- MAN Reveals CitE Electric Concept Truck
DPDgroup and Groupe Renault Collaborate for the Future of Last Mile Delivery
After the world premiere of the Renault EZ-PRO, an autonomous, electric, and connected concept vehicle, specifically tailored for the last mile delivery, Groupe Renault and DPDgroup announced their partnership aimed to create new delivery scenarios with the concept car. According to the official press release, by 2025, the total parcel volume delivered to individuals in Europe will be doubled. It is estimated that almost 15 billion parcels per year will be delivered, mainly in urban areas. In the meantime, cities are implementing a growing number of initiatives to reduce congestion and pollution.
Renault EZ-PRO fulfills the vision of DPDgroup to ease the daily work of the drivers while meeting the expectations of citizens as well as public authorities regarding smart cities. Such autonomous vehicles would make it possible to deliver at least part of the parcel volumes with an unprecedented degree of flexibility and enable entirely new delivery scenarios including:
- Autonomous transport to the delivery area in the inner-city: The vehicle is loaded at the sorting center in the suburban area and then travels on its own to a given meeting point in the city center. There, the driver takes charge of the vehicle without having to collect it beforehand and then can dedicate more time to the deliveries.
- Mobile lockers: The vehicle is used as a mobile locker that will allow to schedule delivery points and send notifications to the end clients, who will be able to collect or return their parcel by themselves from a given location and at a requested timeslot.
“This project gives us the ability to imagine how optimized last mile deliveries can shape tomorrow’s urban life, through the implementation of greener and closer solutions. DPDgroup is thrilled to share this vision with a key automotive player like Renault”, said Thomas Steverding, Senior Group Manager Process & Development at DPD in Germany, in charge of the autonomous vehicles innovation program within DPDgroup.
Volvo Presents its Fully Autonomous Electric Truck “Vera”
Volvo Trucks presented its innovative driverless electric truck Vera, the core part of the Volvo’s vision for a transport solution, which also consists of a control center and can contribute to more efficient, safer and cleaner transportation. The vehicle does not require a driver and is supervised and monitored via a cloud-based service. The driveline and battery pack are of the same type that are used in Volvo electric trucks allowing Vera to have a range of up to 300 km.
“Our system can be seen as an extension of the advanced logistics solutions that many industries already apply today. Since we use autonomous vehicles with no exhaust emissions and low noise, their operation can take place at any time of day or night. The solution utilizes existing road infrastructure and load carriers, making it easier to recoup costs and allowing for integration with existing operations,” adds Mikael Karlsson, Vice President Autonomous Solutions.
Kuehne + Nagel Deploys Blockchain Technology
This month, Kuehne + Nagel announced the deployment of its first Blockchain technology project in order to upgrade its Verified Gross Mass (VGM)1VGM is the weight of cargo measurements that include the dunnage, bracing and tare weight of the container Portal, a large-scale operational environment with more than 800,000 transactions per month. The enhanced solution will provide shippers with new features that improve the ease of doing business as well as the degree of transparency on the VGM status of all customer shipments and the history of persisted information.
According to the press release, all information submitted via the portal is stored on-chain, which enables the use of native blockchain interfaces for data exchange with third parties, removing the need for additional off-chain communication. Kuehne + Nagel designed the solution to fulfill the industry’s requirements of confidentiality and data privacy, adding to blockchain’s natural features of immutability and traceability.
MAN Reveals CitE Electric Concept Truck
At this year’s IAA, MAN Truck & Bus presented the MAN CitE 15-tonne electric truck concept, designed specifically for urban cargo transportation. Due to the specifics of the city cargo operations, the vehicle was developed with a low-floor cabin enabling a maximum freedom of movement for the driver. The lithium-ion batteries are located under the truck’s frame and provide a range of at least 100 kilometers. An interesting fact about the vehicle is that MAN engineers developed the concept in 18 months, leveraging the approach of the short product development cycles of the software industry.
“Due to the fact that delivery drivers in urban areas can enter and exit their vehicles up to 30 times a day, the CitE has an unusually low entry height and especially wide doors; the co-driver’s door opens at the press of a button. The cockpit is ergonomic perfection, affording the driver an excellent panoramic view due to a low seat position and large side windows. Additionally, the CitE employs a 360-degree camera system to provide the greatest possible level of safety and to eliminate dangerous blind spots,” the official press release states.