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Estonia’s Cleveron 701 is the first driverless vehicle in Europe licensed to drive on public roads across a country

Estonia-based Cleveron unveiled its new driverless semi-autonomous last mile delivery vehicle, the Cleveron 701. Being successfully piloted for the last six months, Cleveron 701 is the first ever vehicle in Europe to be granted a license for driverless and semi-autonomous operation in all the public streets across a country.

“Since Cleveron received the first license in Europe to test drive an unmanned vehicle on the streets of Estonia last year without restrictions, we have been amazed at how easily Cleveron 701 has become an organic part of the city life,” Cleveron’s CEO Arno Kütt noted.

Designed for retailers and logistics companies looking to boost last mile delivery solutions and efficiencies, Cleveron 701 enables businesses to meet the growing demand for same-day delivery driven by the recent acceleration of e-commerce and rapidly changing retail landscape. The mass production of the driverless vehicle is planned to start in 2023.

“With our new driverless semi-autonomous vehicle, we are enabling retailers and logistics companies to solve complex and costly last mile delivery challenges while satisfying consumer demand for same day, and in some cases, same hour deliveries,” Kütt said.

The Cleveron 701 can drive in low traffic areas, like suburbs to deliver within 15–30 min driving range of a retailer, fulfilment center or a dark store (retail outlet or distribution centre that caters exclusively for online shopping). Supervised remotely, it can deliver goods from a warehouse or store to nearby customers within an hour, enabling fast and convenient receipt of packages in a competitive timeframe compared to a trip to the store for curbside pickup. The driverless delivery solution also decreases labor cost since one teleoperator is able to supervise 10 vehicles at the same time.

Cleveron, one of the world’s leading parcel delivery robotics companies, is known for its parcel lockers, robots and grocery kiosk, used by top retailers all over the world. According to Kütt, Cleveron 701 is a new type of venture for the company, but the end-goal is the same as for all its products – to offer efficiency and convenience. “We are used to building robots, where you can go and pick up your parcel within seconds. It is still the future for click and collect, but for us, we wanted to expand even further. The online shopping growth has turned e-commerce into just commerce. It is a natural part of shopping. But the delivery times and costs still present a problem, especially with groceries. Consumers want speed and convenience, but it comes with a cost. With driverless delivery, you can cut the last mile labor cost. There will also be less failed deliveries, since the 701 can be deployed from the local dark store quickly,” Kütt explained.

Cleveron 701 is being developed in company’s hometown of Viljandi, Estonia. It is a lightweight, electric vehicle with an option to use different rechargeable batteries. Max speed is up to 50 km/h. Load capacity will be up to 200 kg.

Cleveron is an Estonian technology company that has provided innovative parcel lockers and robots for the retail and logistics industries for over 13 years. Cleveron creates its own hardware and software, offering solutions that set the industry standards. The company has over 40 customers all over the world, including Walmart, Zara, Albertsons, Asda, Woolworths, Falabella and DHL.

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