BURLINGAME, CA—Udelv Inc. recently unveiled an autonomous vehicle for multi-stop delivery applications. The Transporter, powered by Mobileye technology, features a modular cargo pod called the uPod. It can carry up to 2,000 pounds of goods, make up to 80 stops per cycle at highway speeds, and cover ranges between 160 and 300 miles per run depending on the battery pack option.
“The Transporter is transformative for two of the world’s largest industries: automotive and logistics,” claims Daniel Laury, CEO of Udelv. “It was created to solve two great challenges of commercial fleets: the shortage of drivers and the electrification of fleets."
Udelv's third-generation vehicle has already completed more than 20,000 deliveries for multiple merchants in Arizona, California and Texas. Udelv hopes to have 50,000 units operating on public roads by 2028, with the first Transporters being commercially deployed in 2023.
The vehicle has a top speed of 70 mph and can deliver a wide variety of products. Battery capacity is between 90 and 160 kWh, with a 160 to 300 mile range. DC fast-charging will take 45 minutes to add up to 220 miles of range.
"The Transporters will dramatically improve the efficiency and safety of last- and middle-mile delivery services,” says Laury. “[They will] make deliveries affordable for everyone and everything from electronics and auto parts to groceries and medical supplies."