LMAD’s 2021 in review: what we achieved & what we’re working on next
In 2021, we achieved a lot, and we’re excited to tell you more.
We worked on 3 pilot experiments, on which we’ll continue to work in 2022, when we’ll also add a fourth one, in the center of a French city.
We’ve also been publishing on our blog our insights on the autonomous delivery market, regrouped around a few key topics: legislation, use cases and solutions, its future, and our experiments.
Our experiments: B2B and B2C deliveries in different settings
In 2021, we’ve been working on three experiments in France and in Finland, for both B2B and B2C last-mile deliveries, where we’ve been developing POCs (proofs of concept) for different scenarios, both on private industrial sites and public areas. As we’re among the first robot-agnostic companies in Europe, our solution can adapt to any fleet of robots, based on our clients’ needs, use cases, and experience.
In all our experiments, we’re aiming to show logistics providers how they can harness the potential of different autonomous delivery technologies. While the tech hasn’t yet reached maturity, for logistics providers it’s important to start building the operational framework, in order to be prepared to act fast when deployments start picking up across the industry, and remain competitive.
The three pilot experiments we’ve been working on in 2021 are:
- Deliveries to end customers with an autonomous robot in a dense urban area in Helsinki, together with DB Schenker: In this experiment, we helped DB Schenker extend their delivery options in the Jätkäsaari district, and successfully delivered parcels to customers in the last quarter of 2021
- Deliveries to Nokia’s employees at a private R&D site, the Nokia Bell Labs Paris-Saclay campus in France: Currently, this experiment is in its test phase and we’re expecting to have our first successful deliveries in 2022.
- Deliveries to EDF’s employees at one of EDF’s R&D facilities, Les Renardières in France: This experiment is also in its test phase, and we’re expecting to start delivering to employees later in 2022.
In 2022, we’ll work on an experiment with a Level 4 autonomous vehicle in the center of a French city. We expect it to be a major breakthrough for the French autonomous delivery landscape.
What’s up with autonomous delivery in 2021: our insights
In 2021, we also published a few articles about autonomous delivery for the last mile, analyzing the challenges and its future from different perspectives. Here, you can find our most important insights on the autonomous delivery sector, organized around a few key topics, with links to each article:
- US & EU: Autonomous delivery vs. autonomous vehicles legislation
- Autonomous delivery legislation in the EU & in the US
Key solutions, actors, and use cases in autonomous delivery
- Can autonomous delivery robots be used for both B2B and B2C use cases?
- An overview of the existing autonomous delivery solutions in 2021
- Autonomous delivery use cases & solutions: drones, trucks, cars, robots
- Last-mile delivery challenges: autonomous vehicles and robots for urban logistics
The future of autonomous delivery
- The future of autonomous delivery: challenges and obstacles
- The future of autonomous delivery in Europe
In 2022, in parallel to working on our latest pilot experiments, we’ll continue publishing our insights on these topics, so stay tuned for the most exciting content on autonomous delivery.
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