Arrival has announced its automated driving system (ADS) has successfully completed a live demonstration at a fully functioning parcel depot. This is the first time where an Arrival Van has maneuvered around a facility without a human driver inside the vehicle.
The vehicle was able to autonomously complete all operations that are performed on a daily basis by a commercial fleet driver.
Arrival has been developing its autonomous driving functionality for the Arrival Van, as part of Robopilot, a project designed to improve the market knowledge, functionality, and public perception of autonomous driving systems.
Following the successful completion of testing and validation of Arrival’s autonomous driving system in a fixed controlled environment, Arrival will begin testing its autonomous driving functionalities on roads in the UK. Arrival’s aim is for the application to be used in Arrival Vans, across the globe.
The technologycan then be adapted for the planned rollout of all Arrival Vehicles including the Arrival Bus and Arrival Car.
Max Kumskoy, Head of Advanced Driver Assistance and Automated Driving Systems, Arrival, says: “At Arrival, we are building supplementary technologies that will help drivers. Depot maneuvers are the most accident-prone parts of a worker’s shift and with our technology, we hope to introduce greater safety by removing human driving errors happening in confined environments.”
He adds: “We are starting with a fixed controlled environment in the depot, where we are truly able to test and validate our technology. We can then understand how it will operate on public roads, in our vehicles, and how it can be implemented worldwide.”
Arrival is a global business founded in 2015 and headquartered in London, UK and Charlotte, North Carolina, U.S., with more than 2,100 global employees located in offices across the United States, Germany, the Netherlands, Israel, Russia, and Luxembourg. The company is deploying its first four microfactories in North Carolina, USA, South Carolina, U.S., Bicester, UK and Madrid, Spain.