Udelv’s Newton Autonomous Delivery Van Is Ready To Deliver Your Walmart Orders

Autonomous delivery vehicles are becoming increasingly popular and Udelv is using CES to introduce its all-new Newton.

Billed as the company’s second-generation autonomous delivery van, the Newton is based on the Ford Transit Connect and appears far more traditional than the company’s first-generation van.

While the company hasn’t released too many details about the van, Udelv confirmed the model has an adaptable cargo compartment with “dynamic shelving space.” This allows the van to hold goods of various sizes and weights. This level of customization facilitates easy loading and Udelv believes it will appeal to a “broad range of merchants from grocery stores, to auto parts distributors, pharmacies, general merchandise stores, shippers and carriers.”

The van will be able to hold up to 32 customer orders at a single time and each customer will only have access to their own order. Udelv has also developed a new smartphone app for the van and offers an advanced tele-operations system that allows operators to remotely monitor their fleet and take control of them when needed.

Each Netwen will come equipped with a Level 4 autonomous driving system that will enable theml to travel at speeds up to 60 mph (96 km/h). The vans will be able to travel up to 400 square miles (1,036 square kilometers) from their base of operations – such as a store or distribution center – and they can drive themselves on urban and suburban roads as well as freeways.

The Newton’s autonomous driving system uses “main modules” from Baidu’s Apollo open-source software platform. The new 3.5 version of the software provides compatibility with newer sensors such as Continental long-range radars, an Argus FSD-Link camera and Velodyne LiDARs. The software has also been designed handle more complex obstacles such as speed bumps, unprotected turns and clear zones – among other things.

Udelv’s first-generation van has already completed over 1,200 deliveries in the San Francisco Bay Area and the company has plans to expand into several states later this year. As part of this effort, the company has teamed up with Walmart to begin a trial of autonomous delivery vans in Surprise, Arizona. The trial will kick off next month and see Udelv vans deliver online grocery orders.


more photos...
  • brn

    As a consumer, what benefit is there to me that the car not have a driver?

    • Perry F. Bruns

      The price of delivery doesn’t include the driver’s pay, and you don’t have to tip an autonomous vehicle.

      • We all still pay somehow

        The driver’s pay is more for Walmarts benefit, as a secured/loyal Walmart customer you instead end up indirectly paying for Walmart acquiring/maintaining/upgrading/servicing/replacing the technology and tooling. The only real-world customer benefit could be the availability of out of hours deliveries and just maybe more flexibility for times during work hours.

Speeding Porsche Goes Airborne Crashing Into Second Floor Of NJ Building Killing Two

Police say the 2010 Porsche Boxster was traveling at a high rate of speed when it lost control.

This BMW Z8 Is Nearly 20 Years Old, Yet Hasn’t Aged A Day

Powering this 2000 BMW Z8 is a 395 HP 4.9-liter V8 mated to a six-speed manual gearbox.

Big Banana Car Gets Stopped By Cop, Driver Gets $20 Tip Instead Of Ticket

After the officer found out everything checked out OK, he made a small contribution…

Official Chevy Sketch Hints At C8 Corvette Z06’s Cockpit Design

GM says this is “an early render of a potential interior” for the C8 Corvette Z06.

Take A Tour Around The Obnoxious $1 Million Karlmann King

The $1 million price tag is just the entry point for the world’s most expensive SUV.

2021 Jaguar E-Pace Going Under Knife For A Minor Facelift

The exterior styling changes are minor, but the 2021 E-Pace should have a significantly improved interior.

Dodge Recalls 173 Challengers And Chargers Over Wrong Wheel-Brake Combo

The issue impacts models with a certain wheel and brake package, which FCA admits shouldn’t have been an option.

2020 Mazda CX-5 Gains More Power And Equipment, But Prices Jump By $740

The 2020 Mazda CX-5 will go on sale this fall and cost $25,090.

Corvette Dyno Results? Definitely DyNO As Motor Trend Admits Mistake

The original dyno results for the 2020 Corvette were created using two incorrect settings.

Digital Keys Are Getting Smarter, Will Provide Access Even If Your Smartphone Is Dead

In the future, owners won’t even need to pull out their smartphone to unlock their car.