Udelv secures first European Transporter order
By Chad Elmore01 November 2021
Switzerland’s Planzer to use autonomous delivery vehicle.
Udelv, a Silicon Valley venture-backed company said Planzer, a Swiss family-owned logistics company with more than 5000 employees and 2000 vehicles in its fleet, has placed an order for Udelv’s first Transporters in Europe.
“We are thrilled to bring the Udelv Transporter to Europe and honored to count Planzer as our first European customer,” said Udelv Chief Corporate Development Officer Tobias Wessels, Burlingame, Calif. “Autonomous delivery is quickly becoming a worldwide reality as the answer to the skyrocketing growth in e-commerce. With sweeping cost reductions over traditional driver-based services, public interest in contactless delivery, electrification of commercial fleets, shortage of drivers and a rapid growth in online deliveries, Udelv’s autonomous delivery vehicle will help Planzer lead the way.”
Udelv produces middle- and last-mile electric cab-less autonomous delivery vehicles for multi-stop delivery runs, called Transporters. The fully electric vehicles use Udelv’s patented cargo robotics comprised of a suite of hardware and software for intelligent loading and unloading, state-of-the-art telematics and fleet management, and are driven by Intel’s Mobileye autonomous driving sensors and computers.
Udelv has said it will produce more than 50,000 Mobileye-driven Transporters by 2028, with commercial operations beginning in 2023.
Udelv’s customers expect the Transporters to dramatically improve the efficiency of last- and middle-mile delivery services for everything from baked goods and auto parts to groceries and medical supplies.
“Planzer has always prided itself on helping our customers’ goods arrive safely and sustainably,” said Nils Planzer, CEO of Planzer. “Udelv’s autonomous driving solution, the Transporter, is good for the environment and adds great value to the bottom line of our customers. We can’t wait for our first delivery within the next year.”
Founded in California in 2017 by CEO Daniel Laury and CTO Akshat Patel, Udelv successfully accomplished what it said was the first-ever autonomous delivery on public roads in 2018. Udelv has since completed over 20,000 deliveries for multiple merchants in California, Arizona and Texas with two prior vehicle generations.