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udelv Autonomous Delivery Vans

Advance transportation by providing autonomous delivery vans (ADVs) to improve people's lives

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udelv is revolutionizing transportation with the first public road self-driving van, built specifically for last and middle-mile delivery. Founded in California in 2016 by Daniel Laury and Akshat Patel, udelv is on a mission to reinvent delivery and shape the future of autonomous driving.

Describe who will use your solution (1,000 characters)

Retailers, shipping companies, delivery service providers, end-users

Describe your solution's stage of development

  • Pilot - you have implemented your solution in a real-world scenario

Tell us about your team or organization (500 characters) Our 30-people core team is based out of Silicon Valley, mostly comprised of robotics engineers. The team is complemented by a 40-people manufacturing team at a facility in Southern California and an 85-people team in autonomous driving in another location.

Size of your team or organization

  • 11-50

Funding Request

  • $100,000

Describe how you would pilot your idea (1000 characters)

Our business model is B2B2C; we provide for a Delivery as a Service solution with a fleet of vehicles made available to local retailers. We have already completed over 600 deliveries in the SF Bay Area for ten paying clients (grocery store, restaurants, pharmacy, auto parts distributors, industrial bakery, etc.) and have already entered multi-vehicle contracts with major retailers in the nation to be announced soon. We charge either a fee per delivery or a monthly subscription fee to the service.

Describe how you would measure the success of your pilot (1000 characters)

The success would be measured by local adoption and contracts with local retailers or delivery service providers.


Join the conversation:

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Daniel: The Grand Rapids Challenge closes on October 1. Can you tell us more about how a pilot might look in GR? How would end users benefit from Udelv? Is our street grid ready for autonomous vehicles? How many deliveries would be considered a successful pilot in GR? Could Udelv reduce the number of vehicle miles traveled in Grand Rapids in addition to providing delivery alternatives for business customers? ( I'm glad that your proposal has generated interest from Carlos Cruz-Casas in Miami!)

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Hi Tom- My name is Adriel, and I work with Daniel.

1. We'd partner with a retailer/DSP with a presently large delivery business to provide them with autonomous delivery services.

2. udelv's model incorporates trained vehicle operators tele-operations, meaning we can manage the vehicles in most locations. Grid systems will evolve over time- it's important to implement AVs early enough to intelligently guide the changes.

3. We'd like to work with a retailer able to provide 50 deliveries/day for 1 year.

4. Acting as a mobile locker and asking customers to walk the last leg to the vehicle, instead of having the vehicle come directly to them, can revolutionize road miles driven. This is the concept being piloted with the largest delivery and postal companies in the world.

We'd love to work in your area!

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