The delivery van of the future does not look too futuristic but more like a giant toaster. Developed by Nuro, a Silicon Valley Startup that was launched 18 months ago, the new delivery van does have doors or windows because it is intended to deliver packages with no human intervention.
The race for autonomous vehicles is not a new one. Automakers have been trying to replace drivers from taxi fleets and Uber cars for some time now. However, Nuro has avoided the human subject altogether and is gearing towards large sellers like Amazon and UPS and any other retailers that might be looking to grow their businesses.
The co-founder of the van Dave Ferguson said about their new creation, "We like to call it a local teleportation service".
The new delivery van of the future weighs about 1,500 pounds with most of that weight dedicated to the massive battery that powers the electric powertrain. Even though the van has the same weight and length as conventional utility vehicles, it is only 3.5 ft. wide. The glass windshield is mainly to keep other drivers from panicking and giving the van a more relatable look and feel.
Each of the Nuro delivery vans will come with a customizable interior with the capacity to carry about 250 pounds. The essence of the customizable interior is to allow the van to adapt to different markets. For instance, a grocer can decide to have refrigeration and shelves, and a dry cleaner can ask for hanging racks.
There is no question that the delivery market is an attractive one for Nuro considering that UPS delivers up to 19 million packages daily and has a workforce of about 353,000 people. The new delivery van would prove to be a big boost to its business cutting down on salaries and maintenance.