SAN JOSE, Calif., Sept. 13, 2018 /PRNewswire-iReach/
NEXT Future Transportation Inc. ('NEXT'), the world's only modular electric vehicle solutions provider today announced a groundbreaking automated logistics solution for Smart and Connected Cties.
The global $2.3 Trillion e-commerce landscape is driving a rapid transformation of the retail supply chain. As a result last-mile parcel delivery is receiving a significant amount of attention, yet freight continues to generate a major share of congestion and pollution in cities. In that context numerous large e-commerce companies and start-ups have identified last-mile transportation services as a key competitive strategy, however, proposed Autonomous Ground Vehicle and e-Shuttle solutions have not yet been successfully implemented.
Despite these challenges, NEXT is proud to announce that it has developed a fully automated vehicle fleet and the supporting operating system required to bring an ecosystem of logistics services to market at scale."In order to remain competitive in the global marketplace, business leaders must completely transform their business approach and conventional supply chain practices, and embrace new capabilities that drive more value", said Emmanuele Spera, Co-Founder & CEO of NEXT.
Built on NEXT's proprietary modular transportation platform, the logistics solution is an automated electric vehicle system that is designed to be customizable and scalable for a wide range of Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS) applications. A fully integrated logistics solution, NEXT compliments warehouse optimization strategies, and workflow environments of 3PL's, Retailers and Manufacturers. The unique modular platform seamlessly integrates with mixed fleets of autonomous mobile robots existing operating systems.
Upon completion of the automated warehouse loading process, individual pods autonomously connect to form a fleet, thus allowing the joint internal space to be utilized. While in route, parcels may autonomously shift amongst vehicles to ensure optimal final delivery.
"NEXT's approach fundamentally differs from conventional all Autonomous Ground Vehicles or e-Shuttlesin that our vehicle's open interior design layout can flexibly adapt to accommodate specific needs", said Tommaso Gecchelin, Co-Founder & CTO of NEXT.
To meet the growing market demands of future multi-mode transportation and business applications, NEXT is introducing the world's only Modular Mobile Parcel Locker.
"We recognize the limitations of stationary parcel lockers and their service platforms. Our unique locker solution will provide retailers with more control, while reducing the overall costs of delivery. The public will benefit from superior flexibility and ease of use as delivery locations are determined by customer proximity", said Sven Hackmann, EVP of NEXT.
While significant regulatory hurdles continue to prevent even the most advanced autonomous vehicle companies from operating on public roads, NEXT is focused on commercial deployment.
"Our solution is unique in that NEXT's fleets may be operated by a human driver, a remote human operator, or autonomously. Therefore we plan to operate on public roadways in the near term", said Gecchelin.
Earlier this year, NEXT demonstrated its solution for the municipal mass transit market at the World Government Summit in Dubai, and it plans to showcase its last-mile logistics solution in 2019.
NEXT Future Transportation, Inc.is a mass transportation and goods movement startup that is developing a patented modular, autonomous, electric vehicle fleet and the supporting operating system required to bring the systems and services to market at scale. NEXT received seed funding from DP World, the world's largest owner-operator of marine and inland ports.
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