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At a width of just 85cm, the delivery robots can carry payloads of up to 35kg, and reach into inner-city areas where vehicular transport is limited.
Leading German multinational conglomerate, Thyssenkrupp, presented its Teleretail delivery robot at the Washington Auto Show 2018 in Washington DC, US.
US Sen John Thune (R-SD), chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, convened a hearing titled “Driving Automotive Innovation and Federal Policies” at the Washington Convention Centre, according to the oƥcial statement. The session focused on self-driving vehicles, and thyssenkrupp Elevator’s and Teleretail’s ground-breaking delivery robot was named as a benchmark product.
Ivo Siebers, senior vice president of Global Logistics at thyssenkrupp Elevator, said: “Fast growing American metropolitan areas need intelligent solutions to cover the last mile in delivering spare parts to our technicians. In connection with Teleretail, we are testing autonomous vehicles to solve this growing logistical problem.”
In collaboration with software developer Teleretail, thyssenkrupp Elevator launched a pilot project in which delivery robots transport spare parts and other material to maintenance job sites. The robots are said to represent the future of smart maintenance logistics. For elevator and escalator servicing, spare parts are needed quickly and a technician either has to drive back to base in his or her service vehicle or have it delivered by a colleague. But with increased traƥc clogging up city streets, the pressure on the supply chains is rapidly.
“This is a major urbanisation challenge that our service technicians are already experiencing today,” added Siebers. “With driverless delivery robots, we could Ƥll a gap and get spare parts from our warehouses to the job site faster, more eƥciently and with less impact on the environment.”
Information on delivery status can be obtained quickly via an online Logistics Automation Platform.
“We hope to improve our service delivery in this way,” added Siebers.
Teleretail is developing driverless delivery vehicles, and for thyssenkrupp Elevator, they could be an optimal logistics solution for elevator servicing. The cloud-based driverless systems could form complete supply and logistics networks; a promising solution with enormous development potential.
Torsten Scholl, CEO of Teleretail Mobility Automation, said: “With our platform, we want to optimise logistics by saving time and costs, and minimising space requirements, energy consumption and emissions. Thyssenkrupp Elevator and Teleretail are looking forward to conquering the emerging 3D logistics automation opportunities together.”