General Motors used the virtual CES to announce its new BrightDrop business. CEO Mary Barra called it “the smartest way to deliver goods and services from the first to the last mile.” A whole ecosystem of electrical products promised (video in English), but in 2021 only two will debut on the US market: the EP1 self-propelled cabinet will appear at the beginning of the year, and the EV600 delivery van will appear at the end. They should help logistics firms reduce costs, improve productivity, improve the safety of both employees and cargo, and improve the environment.
All BrightDrop products will be tied to a cloud-based software platform accessible via web interfaces and a mobile app. Operators will be able to remotely connect to the EP1 and EV600 to monitor battery location and status in real time, manage charging, issue lock commands, and wirelessly update software. Pilot tests have already been completed in partnership with FedEx Express: thanks to EP1, couriers have processed 25% more orders.
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