Autonomous delivery company Clevon and vehicle technology supplier ZF Friedrichshafen have partnered to accelerate the deployment of integrated last-mile delivery services using driverless carriers in urban and on-yard environments.
To do this, the companies are bringing together Clevon’s autonomous robotic courier technology and ZF’s real-time AI-based fleet orchestration platform Scalar. Scalar is a software-as-a-service platform designed to provide real-time fleet orchestration to driverless vehicles of any kind and in most operational domains. Based on AI technology, Scalar has been actively deployed on public roads and in real traffic conditions.
Clevon and ZF teams will work together to carry out a full-scale integration of the Scalar SaaS platform and Clevon 1 vehicles over the upcoming months and deploy it to manage Clevon 1 fleets on public roads. The integration of ZF Scalar will enable Clevon to focus on its core skills and the development of autonomous driving functionality while building courier fleets to test its technology and scale its worldwide operations.
Sander Sebastian Agur, CEO of Clevon, said, “Clevon is making driverless deliveries happen already today. We are active in the US, Belgium, Lithuania and Estonia; however, we have the capacity to expand more rapidly, and we are ready to safely bring fleets of carriers on public roads. This strategic collaboration with ZF will help us to reach this goal.”
Hjalmar van Raemdonck, head of digital system solutions in ZF’s commercial vehicle solutions division, said, “Thanks to Scalar’s automated decision making, real-time optimization and advanced operational efficiency, Clevon 1 vehicles will be sent to the right place at the right time. More parcels or groceries will be delivered on time with fewer vehicles to ensure efficient delivery operations and the best customer experience. Our collaboration with Clevon brings a unique combination of next-generation mobility technologies to the market of last-mile delivery.”
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