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How semiautonomy is getting ready to hit the streets

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We love seeing the UPS or FedEx driver walk up to our doors and drop off the packages we’ve ordered, but what if the delivery vehicle was a cute, miniature, semiautonomous truck?

Meet the Cleveron 701, Cleveron’s solution to local, last-mile delivery. Kaylee Nix talks to Cleveron Chief of Sales and Marketing Edith Väli about what this deployment means for the future of small parcel delivery. 

Cleveron is based in Estonia and has been soft-testing the 701 vehicle for six months. Väli says several companies in the U.S. have already expressed interest in the vehicle and its software, but there are hurdles to jump before deployment in the States. 

Most of these hurdles are regulatory and Väli says the same challenges exist for deploying the vehicle across the European market. As far as being semiautonomous, the 701 is driverless but is remotely monitored by a person who can take over control of the vehicle in emergencies. 

Check out the Cleveron 701 in action here

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Kaylee Nix

Kaylee Nix is a meteorologist and reporter for FreightWaves. She joined the company in November of 2020 after spending two years as a broadcast meteorologist for a local television channel in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Kaylee graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 2018 and immediately made the Tennessee Valley her home. Kaylee creates written summaries of FreightWaves live podcasts and cultivates the social media for FreightWaves TV.