Uber already offers the UberRUSH and UberEATS delivery services and recently invested in truck platooning startup Otto. The industry is also testing drone-based delivery with companies like Amazon, FedEx, Flirtey, Google, and UPS all exploring the method. Audi and Daimler, both partnering with Amazon and DHL, are utilizing telematics technology to test direct-to-car delivery, and Volvo launched its commercial in-car delivery service in Gothenburg just one year ago.
Daimler and Workhorse, meanwhile, are considering hybrid models, integrating autonomous vehicles, drones, and/or robots with smart home technologies. The aim is to provide end-to-end delivery of parcels inside homes and commercial sites by additionally utilizing indoor navigation and remote electronic door unlock technologies.
However, transportation efficiency improvements can be taken to yet another level by leveraging synergies between FaaS and MaaS. Repurposing excess MaaS capacity of driverless vehicles or shuttles during off-peak hours for freight transport and delivery will extend the sharing paradigm across people and freight transport to achieve ultra-high utilization rates and very low costs per mile.
"Both FaaS and MaaS are seen by governments as strong engines for economic growth," concludes Bonte. "As such, governments need to move forward with new legislation to allow for the deployment of new delivery technologies like UAVs and create frameworks for the underlying service business models."
These findings are from ABI Research's Freight as a Service (https://www.abiresearch.com/market-research/product/1025923-freight-as-a-service/). This report is part of the company's Automotive, Smart Mobility & Transportation (https://www.abiresearch.com/market-research/practice/autonomous-driving-location-tech/) and Enterprise IT & OT Convergence (https://www.abiresearch.com/market-research/practice/future-enterprise-it-and-ot-convergence/) sectors, which include research, data, and analyst insights.
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