EIT Digital LMAD Project Makes First Automated Deliveries

William PeatmanNews

Last mile autonomous deliver (LMAD) Bestmile

An event at Nokia’s 4,000-employee Paris-Saclay campus featured a new worker, although not a human one. A small Autonomous Delivery Robot (ADR) with lockers for parcel delivery was busy delivering packages without human assistance.

The ADR is the first use case to be demonstrated by the Last Mile Autonomous Delivery (LMAD) project led by EIT Digital, the European Institute of Technology Digital. The aim of the project is to commercialize automated delivery. Partners in the project include Bestmile, GIM Robotics, BookIT, PICOM, Forum Virium Helsinki, and Futurice.

Bestmile provides the LMAD fleet orchestration services needed to manage the missions of the ADRs and to optimize their dispatching, routing, package collection and delivery.

The LMAD consortium was formed in May 2019, and just seven months later the first demonstration is at work. “We will operate an extensive pilot on the campus during the first quarter of next year,” said EIT Digital’s Jean-Philippe Bellaiche. In the process, the team will understand and overcome the challenges involved in deploying this kind of service at scale.

The goal of the project is to form a startup business, by the end of the year, that can provide LMAD’s software for multiple use cases. The company will target logistics operators as customers, charging a fee for the platform and for each delivery.

LMAD services have the potential to cut operational costs and reduce traffic congestion while accommodating the spiraling volume of delivery driven by a growing e-commerce industry. The project is rated AAA by EIT Digital, its highest rating for the impact and revenue potential of the initiative.

Bestmile provides the fleet orchestration needed to direct the vehicles and to optimize their dispatching, routing, and package collection and delivery.

The LMAD consortium was formed in May 2019, and just seven months later the first demonstration is at work. “We will operate an extensive pilot on the campus during the first quarter of next year,” said EIT Digital’s Jean-Philippe Bellaiche. In the process, the team will understand and overcome the challenges involved in deploying this kind of service at scale.

The goal of the project is, by the end of the year, form a startup business that can provide LMAD’s software for multiple use cases. The company will target logistics operators as customers, charging a fee for the platform and for each delivery.

LMAD services have the potential to cut operational costs and reduce traffic congestion while accommodating the spiraling volume of delivery driven by a growing e-commerce industry. The project is rated AAA by EIT Digital, its highest rating for the impact and revenue potential of the initiative.