An unusual experience for Ford with an “autonomous” Transit in a London port that allows parcels to be delivered.
As part of Ford’s autonomous driving research program,6 billion euro investment in autonomous vehicles for the next ten years. Autonomous driving technology has already been tested in the United States, and other experiments are carried out regularly.
This time, the American manufacturer collaborated with DP World London Gateway company, which manages one of the ports on the Thames, 40km east of London, to simulate the use of an autonomous commercial vehicle in shipyards. related to courier and parcel delivery services. The aim of this experiment is to understanding how users interact with this new service offered by an automated tool.
A very special “autonomous” Ford Transit
For this, Ford converted it to simulate the existence of a Transit van. autonomous driving technologies, with fake cameras and sensors placed in the front, back, sides and roof of the vehicle. Actually, this is a Ford Transit everything is ordinary, in a car seat costume behind the wheel!
Transit has a back safe cabinets, loaded with packages by company employees. Then he went to the reception of the site where his coworkers usually get their parcels: this autonomous vehicle saves valuable time for employees who no longer have to travel to get their parcels. Each phase of the study was monitored by researchers, who found that staff were generally comfortable using this autonomous van dedicated to mail delivery.
“Having what appears to be an autonomous vehicle on site has created a real buzz. Everyone wanted to use it. Driving to pick up a package from elsewhere on site doesn’t seem like a lot of time, but given multiple trips over weeks, months, and years , it can be a lot of time and money”testifying on this occasion is Ernst Schulze, Managing Director of DP World in the UK.