DPD Estonia trials Cleveron delivery robots

DPD Estonia is trialling a fully autonomous Celveron Mobility delivery robot to deliver parcels the final mile. DPD Estonia say that using these vehicles is a good alternative to using fossil fuelled delivery vans.

The Cleveron delivery robot can deliver multiple shipments to different addresses in the same way as a van with a driver can. This helps reduce costs for DPD Estonia by using fewer drivers even as the parcel delivery business grows.  

CEO of Cleveron Mobility, Arno Kütt said, ”The e-commerce market is continuing to grow rapidly in the developed world. And it requires more and more transportation to meet the demand,but with the steady decline of drivers, we see that autonomous solutions are key in satisfying last-mile deliveries globally. Cleveron Mobility definitely wants to be among the world leaders in this field and achieve the position of the market leader.”

Kütt explained, “Autonomous and electric-powered robotic couriers make cities significantly more environmentally friendly by reducing CO2 emissions and noise pollution. Remo Kirss, CEO of DPD Estonia, said that sustainable smart urban logistics is also one of the cornerstones of DPD and the introduction of electric vans is already one of the measures that the company is successfully implementing today.” 

“We see that the introduction of autonomous robotic couriers in parcel delivery is a very important next step among environmentally friendly delivery methods. We are extremely pleased to be the first parcel delivery company in Europe to launch a parcel delivery service with a driverless autonomous courier robot in a public urban space. This will allow us to continue to introduce innovative solutions through practice to the general public and to encourage residents and consumers to make environmentally conscious decisions when choosing services and products.”

Kirss stated, “The first parcel delivery by a driverless autonomous vehicle in Europe was performed in Tallinn, but a larger-scale parcel delivery service based on robot couriers will be launched in cooperation with DPD in Viljandi in the near future. According to Remo Kirss, the companies can start sending parcels with robot couriers to their customers as well as private individuals to other private individuals within the city of Viljandi.”

The robot couriers drive on public roads and work in the radius of about 5 kilometres, within which it is able to deliver parcels between different destinations. The autonomous robot courier platform can be fitted with various applications to serve different business needs. For example, it can be adapted to deliver different sized parcels and ready-meals or be a mobile vending machine.

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