Unmanned taxis, shuttles, courier robots, passenger cars of all kinds are no longer surprising. Experiments with autonomous trucks of different classes have been carried out for a long time. And, of course, delivery vans did not stay away from this movement. The latest example is the Arrival Van, a British electric delivery van. He got his own Automated Driving System (ADS) autopilot from Arrival and recently put it to the test in a parcel warehouse, successfully completing all the maneuvers normally performed by a commuter driver.
A van in the original Alpha design took part in the tests, but it will not be difficult to transfer the experience to the Beta version.
The theme of autonomous movement for Arrival is no stranger. Arrival has partnered with sister company Roborace, which has experience in unmanned hill climb in Goodwood and building a sports prototype capable of racing with a pilot in the cockpit or completely autonomously.
Tests are taking place as part of the Robopilot program, partially funded by the government technology agency Innovate UK and the British CCAV (Center for Connected Autonomous Vehicles) drone center. Arrival said it is now starting trials of the robot van on UK roads and that the technology will be expanded to other models of the company, the Arrival Bus and the Arrival Car.
The electric 12-meter Arrival Bus already exists and, moreover, received its first order from the city of Anaheim, California, with at least five examples to start with. The model will be produced by the first of the planned 31st Arrival micro-factory in the USA, located in Rock Hill, South Carolina.
Arrival Car is a lost project with Uber. The model, of course, is electric, conceived as a car for new types of mobility (ride-sharing and car-sharing). The partners intend to show the final design at the end of 2021, and the serial release is scheduled for 2023.
Arrival has developed a scalable commercial ADS system that combines original software and hardware and does not require, according to the British, expensive sensors. Considering Arrival’s friendship with Hyundai and KIA, which themselves are closely engaged in autonomous transport, it is possible to predict the spread of Arrival’s developments far beyond its own models.