The Chinese startup starts producing self-driving vans in the first in the world and could roll out up to 30,000 a year
- Neolix starts producing an autonomous vehicle that can deliver
- The company will roll out 1,000 vehicles in China for e-commerce giants
- A factor is said to be able to produce 30,000 delivery vans per year
- American competitor Nuro recently received $ 1 billion in funding this year
A startup in China will be the first company in the world to start mass production of self-driving delivery vans for some of the country's largest trade giants.
According to a report from Bloomberg, the Neolix company has started producing 1,000 autonomous level 4 vehicles that it will roll out in China in the coming year.
The small vans, essentially four-wheeled robots equipped with storage trunks, are able to navigate their environment without human pilots and have already gathered interest from two of China & # 39; s largest retailers: Huawei and JD.com.
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Neolix will not be alone. Companies such as Amazon and Goolge have their own vision for the future of autonomous delivery
The robot courier from Neolix costs around $ 30,000 each and can herald a new era for e-commerce in China, where companies like Alibaba have exploded in size. Alibaba generated around $ 152 billion in 2019 alone.
According to experts, delivery volumes are likely to continue to balloon over the next ten years and reach 1 billion a day according to a report from the South China Morning Post.
Although Neolix is the first company in the world to start producing autonomous delivery vehicles, the company has a capacity of around 30,000 vehicles per year. It is not the only one in the room.
In the United States, startup Nuro, based in Silicon Valley, raised $ 1 billion to get its comparable robot carriers on the road across the country.
The company recently announced a partnership with supermarket chain Kroger to test its delivery service in Arizona. However, as reported by The Verge, Nuro had only built six of its vehicles from February – far from the volume that Neolix expected.
Although the delivery robots of companies are likely to boost a delivery package and other e-mail that has already been subjected to imperfection, they have to get sub-men completely out of the comparison.
Without a human bailiff, the fleets cannot deliver freight to the customer's thresholds.
Neolix will automate parcel shipments from China by increasing productions of its self-driving vehicle to 1,000 units this year
To solve that problem, companies such as Ford are testing a two-legged delivery robot, Digit, which is able to complete the last part of a journey with robo couriers.
The bot is capable of retrieving packages that weigh as much as 40 lbs. and could begin to take delivery routes by 2021.
Elsewhere in the world, companies such as Amazon and Google have taken a different approach to autonomous deliveries, opting for air above land.
Wing, owned by Google, has deployed its helicopter-like drones in Australia, Europe, and for the first time in history, in the United States, where the vehicles will connect customers to local businesses in two small towns in Virginia.
HOW ARE DELIVERY COMPANIES THAT ARE THE & # 39; LAST MILE & # 39; TACKLE?
Delivery companies are pioneering for many new technologies to tackle the last mile of deliveries.
It is hoped that the vehicles can reduce the inefficiencies, and therefore the costs, of the final delivery stage, whereby packages are picked up from a central hub in front of your door.
Amazon provides for supplying last mile deliveries with an army of autonomous drones that drop packages at the door.
Amazon has the & # 39; Prime Air & # 39; service billed and claiming that the drones will increase the overall safety and efficiency of the transportation system.
Amazon provides for making last mile deliveries with an army of autonomous drones (photos & # 39; s) that drop packages at the door. It has the service & # 39; Prime Air & # 39; billed
Only one pilot could oversee several of the drones at the same time, meaning that the company could pay fewer people to do the same number of deliveries one day.
Another company, Starship Technologies, provides its autonomous delivery service with land robots.
Every six-wheeled & # 39; ground drone & # 39; is almost completely self-managing and is constantly connected to the internet, using GPS to find the destination.
At a speed of approximately 4 km / h (3 km / h) on the sidewalk, robots can deliver local deliveries within five to 30 minutes from a local hub or store.
Self-driving cars are another last mile option that is considered by some delivery companies.
Another company, Starship Technologies, provides its autonomous delivery service with land robots (photos & # 39; s)
Supermarket manager Kroger is testing a fleet of self-driving shopping trolleys that can carry as many as ten bags of groceries at your door.
Customers can order groceries via Kroger & # 39; s website or mobile app and select the same day or next day delivery.
Customers using the Kroger driverless delivery system still have to walk to the curb outside their house to pick up the groceries.
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