Projects

LogiSmile – 2nd year

Last-mile logistics for autonomous goods delivery

Project Description

  • Innovation
  • 1 May 2023
  • 30 April 2024
  • CARNET – UPC Technology Center
  • €985,759

Due to the skyrocketing popularity of e-commerce, the amount of goods to be delivered in metropolitan areas will increase dramatically in the next few years. Additionally, deliveries are becoming more frequent and fragmented. Current logistics practices in urban centres have negative effects, such as increased traffic and pollution as well as problems with the safety of cyclists, delivery vehicles, and pedestrians.

In order to tackle all these challenges, a novel last-mile delivery system using autonomous ground vehicles for logistics operations was demonstrated in the first year of the LogiSmile project. The cutting-edge autonomous delivery system consists of an autonomous hub vehicle (AHV) that works in cooperation with smaller autonomous delivery devices (ADD), which are coordinated by a back-end control centre. The ADD and AHV can be operated separately, depending on the needs of future end users. The main innovation of the project is the collaboration between the two robots, offering potential to greatly decrease last-mile logistics operation costs.

In the latter half of the LogiSmile project, the consortium will validate the integrated solution considering both robots’ cooperation on-site, testing in the new urban environment of the city of Braunschweig. The participation of a logistics operator in the piloting phase will provide stronger commercial action, ensuring a more business-oriented demonstration. In addition, the autonomous delivery market status, main players and potential clients of the joint transportation management system solution will be explored, as well as their scalability plan for deploying and commercialising its service.

During the second year of the project, a new startup will be created to commercialise the back-end control centre needed for the safety and security of autonomous driving.

Challenge


The project demonstrates the autonomous delivery system effectiveness in the reduction of operation costs, parking problems, missions and congestion; while ensuring flexible, rapid and convenient deliveries.

Main Objective


The activity aims to improve the autonomous transportation management system and demonstration of the ADD/AHV cooperation with the participation of a logistics operator.

Output


The activity will validate the ADD/AHV collaboration, and operational version of the back-end control centre, enabling accurate and safe control over the robot fleet.

Partners


Count15

Project lead


Albert Baldó i Canut
CARNET – UPC Technology Center
albert.baldo@carnetbarcelona.com
Clément Lemardelé
CARNET – UPC Technology Center
clement.lemardele@carnetbarcelona.com