Zypp Electric partners Flo Mobility for autonomous EV for delivery applications

by Autocar Pro News Desk , 22 Dec 2021

Zypp Electric a leading tech-enabled EV-as-a-service platform has partnered Bangalore-based autonomous driving tech start-up Flo Mobility to build a delivery bot for Zypp deliveries for distribution within large campuses.

As per the partners, the delivery bot will pick up any packages left at the gate/entry and bring them to the door. Flo Mobility will allow Zypp delivery bots to navigate autonomously during delivery. It will keep track of Zypp e-vehicles that are filled with consignments and waiting for delivery personnel at the warehouse gate/entry. This collaboration will focus on delivery in the Delhi-NCR region.

Akash Gupta, co-founder and CEO, Zypp Electric said: “We are extremely happy to announce our partnership with Flo Mobility, India's leading autonomous tech solution company for small vehicles. Zypp Electric is looking forward to making the food deliveries smoother and smarter across various locations. It will also enable Zypp electric to automatically rebalance their e-scooter fleet on demand. Zypp Electric and Flo Mobility's partnership will help take last-mile deliveries to the next level.”

Flo Mobility was founded in 2019 by Manesh Jain and Mohan Sivam, and is working on autonomy-as-a-service and deploys its technology on everything from e-scooters to agriproducts to lawn-mowers. Its USP is a pure camera-based retrofit stack that is affordable and interoperable. It aims to deploy its solution for numerous sectors and applications. The start-up says the current autonomous industry is worth $128 billion (Rs 947,328 crore), and India is poised to make a significant investment. The start-up has recently raised $400,000 (Rs 3 crore) from investors.

Zypp Electric says it chose Flo Mobility as part of an EVolve Innovation Program with Enterprise Catalysts, an early-stage incubator. The program aims to assist EV startups aiming to improve last-mile logistics and the EV sector as a whole. Flo Mobility is one of the new generation deep-tech companies shortlisted by Zypp Electric and Venture Catalyst. Its innovative autonomy-as-a-service platform coupled with an innovative business model has great potential, and Zypp Electric will nurture them for their next stage of growth with orders and money in the amount of $1.5 million (Rs 11 crore).

Manesh Jain, co-founder and CEO, Flo Mobility said: “Flo Mobility’s multi-utility autonomous platform has applications across industries including mobility and last-mile delivery. Zypp has been at the forefront of solving last-mile delivery inefficiencies and the adaption of electric scooters. With this partnership, we intend to disrupt logistics services by automating the most inefficient parts of the delivery person journey, at the warehouse and the customer’s doorstep. With a rush towards 10-minute delivery promises, it's critical to eliminate slack in the process while ensuring human safety at all times. Humans and robots working in tandem can help organisations achieve the desired service levels at optimal cost. Collaboration with Zypp Electric opens up a lot of possibilities for startups like us.”

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