Ford tests show off Ford autonomous van efficiency

Teste de entregas urbanas com autônomos da Ford mostra eficiência

a Payab a. Tested with actual collection and distribution transit autonomous. Hermes ran the test on the van. In other words, we are talking about one of the largest parcel transport companies in Europe. It aims to evaluate solutions for driverless vehicle technologies. As well as their conversations on the streets. That is, with people.

Thus, it took two weeks of trials for last mile delivery in London. In this way a team of eight couriers would pick up the package from the van and take the last step on foot.

As a result, it was possible to deliver the same number of orders placed by six vans in the conventional system. Besides, fast.

Ford bets heavily on autonomous vehicles

According to Ford, the goal is to invest US$7 billion in the development of autonomous vehicles by 2025. That is, $35.4 billion in direct conversions. Of this total, US$5 billion (R$25 billion) in 2021.

Thus, values ​​are part of the brand’s initiatives in dynamics. In addition, they will allow the evaluation of autonomous driving technologies in six US cities.

It will be possible to identify opportunities and new business models according to the company. In addition, it aims to identify how current people and processes can interact with this technology.

Fundamental in smartphone operation

In other words, in a traditional system, the driver does much more than just drive. That is, he also has to sort, load and deliver the package. Also put them back in the van if there was no delivery.

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However, autonomous vans do not require a driver. In addition, couriers do the rest of the operations on foot.

In this sense, they use an application on the cell phone to notify the vehicle that they are ready. As well as to unlock and lock the cargo compartment. Thus, the operating time is reduced.

Connectivity and actual testing

In addition, Ford Vans have several modern systems that make delivery easier. For example, couriers can open and close compartments by voice command and touch screen.

In this sense, companies will be able to change the way their teams work. That is, making the operation faster and more efficient.

Therefore, autonomous vans must be fully integrated into the type of business. According to Richard Balch, director of autonomous vehicles and mobility at Ford Europe. “There’s no better way to recognize this than by experiencing the processes in real life,” he says.

Sarah Gracie

About the author: Sarah Gracie

Sarahis a reporter covering Amazon. She previously covered tech and transportation, and she broke stories on Uber's finances, self-driving car program, and cultural crisis. Before that, she covered cybersecurity in finance. Sarah's work has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, Politico, and the Houston Chronicle.

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