DPDgroup and Groupe Renault lay the groundwork for the future of last mile delivery
The last mile delivery market is growing and is expected to continue to grow exponentially as e-shopping is exploding. Looking for goods not available in their country, or for better deals, more than 50% of them have already bought from a foreign website, especially from the UK, and increasingly from China.
By 2025, the total parcel volume delivered to individuals will have doubled in Europe: almost 15 billion parcels per year will be delivered, mainly in cities. At the same time, cities are implementing a growing number of initiatives to drastically reduce congestion and pollution.
From this perspective, the challenge for a delivery company such as DPDgroup is to contribute to more sustainable cities: permanently innovate to provide a better and smarter delivery service to customers, optimise city centre delivery processes, and develop ever more agile urban delivery vehicles.
That’s why DPDgroup is thrilled to create new delivery scenarios with the autonomous concept car Renault EZ-PRO, revealed by Groupe Renault in Hannover in September 2018. This project is part of DPDgroup innovation & CSR programmes, which ease the daily work of our drivers and meet the expectations of citizens as well as public authorities regarding smart cities.
Autonomous vehicles have the potential to become a disruptive technology for the transport industry and to have a major impact on the basics of the business – on people, networks and infrastructures.
The Renault autonomous vehicle would make it possible to deliver at least part of the parcel volumes with an unprecedented degree of flexibility and enable entirely new delivery scenarios, especially in inner-city areas.
DPDgroup has created concrete scenarios: new delivery schemes for the benefit of local authorities and end-consignees:
- Autonomous transport to the delivery area in the inner-city:
The vehicle is loaded at a DPDgroup sorting centre on the outskirts of the city and then travels on its own to a given meeting point in the city centre. There, the driver takes charge of the vehicle without having to collect it beforehand and can then dedicate more time to the deliveries.
- Mobile lockers:
The concept car Renault EZ-PRO is used as a mobile locker that will allow DPDgroup to schedule delivery points and send notifications to end consignees, who will be able to collect or return their parcel by themselves from a given location. The concept car also allows end consignees to define a place of delivery. They will have the ability to request that the autonomous vehicle deliver at the location and timeslot of their choice (e.g. their home very early in the morning, their workplace during lunch, etc.).
"This project gives us the ability to imagine how optimised 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 Groupe Renault," says Thomas Steverding, Senior Group Manager Process & Development at DPD in Germany, in charge of the autonomous vehicles innovation programme within DPDgroup.
Discover the video interview of Thomas Steverding, in charge of the autonomous vehicles innovation program within DPDgroup, and pictures of the autonomous concept car Renault EZ-PRO below.
- Renault_EZPRO_Partnership_DPD_1 (4.61 MB)
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- Renault_EZPRO_Partnership_DPD_6 (3.97 MB)
- Renault_EZPRO_Partnership_DPD_7 (3.70 MB)
- Renault_EZPRO_Partnership_DPD_8 (7.44 MB)
- Renault_EZPRO_Partnership_DPD_9 (11.68 MB)
- Renault_EZPRO_Partnership_DPD_10 (9.87 MB)
- Renault_EZPRO_Partnership_DPD_11 (4.62 MB)