Vehicle manufacturer Renault has introduced the Renault EZ-PRO, an electric, autonomous robo-pod concept for the future of last-mile delivery, which has been developed in partnership with delivery firm DPD.
Ashwani Gupta, alliance senior vice president, light commercial vehicles, Renault, said, “Renault EZ-PRO shows our vision of last-mile delivery integrated with the ecosystem of smart cities of tomorrow and the needs of professionals.
“This concept is a solution that would unlock countless opportunities for our various partners, such as we’re showing today (Sept 19) with DPD Group, Lomi Coffee, Piper-Heidsieck and Patrick Roger.”
The EZ-PRO concept consists of an autonomous leader pod and driverless robo-pods. The leader pod hosts a human concierge who supervises the delivery of goods and services and the fleet.
Released from the constraints of driving, the concierge can focus on value-added tasks, such as supervising the itinerary planning and driverless robo-pods, or ensuring efficient and customized service, such as the premium delivery of groceries or fragile objects.
Thomas Steverding, senior group manager process & development at DPD Germany, added, “This project gives us the ability to imagine how optimized last mile deliveries can shape tomorrow’s urban life, through the implementation of greener and closer solutions. DPDgroup is thrilled to share this vision with a key automotive player like Renault.”
EZ-PRO offers a safe and ergonomic solution for the concierge as demonstrated by the driver’s door, the joystick controller and the easy-to-maneuver four-wheel steering feature.
The fleet of driverless robo-pods either follow each other by platooning or can move independently. EZ-PRO features customizable modules that meet a wide variety of specific business customer needs: for specialists in delivery and last-mile logistics, but also for retailers, craftsmen and entrepreneurs.