Ford partners with delivery company Gnewt to decrease traffic in London
A side-effect of online shopping is the increase of delivery vans. According to Ford, journey times in London have risen by 40% in the last three years due to urban congestion.
In a bid to counter this, Ford Mobility is trialling with UK delivery company Gnewt a system that will direct drivers to a micro-consolidation point. Pedestrian and cycle couriers will then perform the last leg of delivery.
For the trial, Gnewt will use Ford’s multi‐modal routing and logistics software MoDe:Link. This manages all aspects of parcel delivery from depot to doorstep, according to the company.
In the warehouse on wheels concept the vans act as dynamic delivery hubs that collect orders from a depot and then stop at strategic locations outside city centres. The software then connects with nearby foot couriers to fulfil the last leg of each delivery.
In future drones and autonomous robots may fulfil the last stage.
Ford claims one van and a team of four foot couriers could deliver the same number of parcels as five individual vans.