LogiSmile – 1st year

Last-mile logistics for autonomous goods delivery

Project Description

  • Innovation
  • 1 January 2022
  • 31 December 2022
  • CARNET – UPC Technology Center
  • €1 356 610

Last-mile logistics operations in cities can increase traffic congestion, cause safety problems for pedestrians, bikers, and couriers, and contribute to air and noise pollution. To tackle these challenges, the LogiSmile partners are piloting a fully autonomous delivery system in three pilot cities: Esplugues de Llobregat, Spain, Hamburg in Germany, and Debrecen in Hungary.

LogiSmile will build an autonomous hub vehicle (AHV) that works with smaller autonomous delivery devices (ADD), which are essentially robots, and a remote back-end control centre which will manage communication between the main vehicle and other devices, collect data, optimise fleet operations and provide a fail-safe solution should a complex situation arise. 

The cities are assessing their infrastructure and legal framework to operate the system, revising their current traffic policies, and establishing a Code of Conduct to regulate human-autonomous vehicle interactions, including guidelines on sharing of data and interaction with third parties such as pedestrians, cyclists, and other vehicles. 


Reduction of operational costs, parking problems, emissions and congestion, while ensuring flexible, rapid, and convenient delivery of goods.

Main Objective

Pilot and validate a system for fully autonomous last-mile logistics to improve the efficiency of urban goods distribution.


Creation and validation of ADD and AHV prototypes, an operational version of the back-end control centre, and protocols and guidelines establishing the robots’ operationality, how the system interacts with humans and other vehicles, and collection and sharing of data.



Project lead

Albert Baldó i Canut
CARNET – UPC Technology Center
Clément Lemardelé
CARNET – UPC Technology Center