Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

Via video monitoring guides autonomous delivery vehicle

Steve Rogerson
April 16, 2019

Wuhan-based Aisimba Technology demonstrated an autonomous delivery vehicle using a video monitoring system from Taiwanese electronics company Via Technologies at this month’s New Energy & Intelligence Vehicle Forum in Shanghai.
The Little Lion autonomous delivery vehicle uses a Via Mobile360 Surround View in-vehicle 360˚ video monitor.
The Aisimba Little Lion is a special-purpose transportation robot for indoor and outdoor applications that can be used for transporting objects, delivering packages, and sending documents to schools, residential communities, industrial parks and high-technology parks.
It is one of the first domestic autonomous delivery vehicles to undergo commercial trials in China. Unmanned delivery services that use the vehicle are being carried out at various schools and campuses in Wuhan, Hangzhou and Shanghai. Customers can make orders and schedule deliveries using their mobile phone round the clock.
“Last-mile delivery services will be the first sector to see the commercialisation of autonomous driving technologies on a large scale," said Zhang Liang, CEO of Aisimba Technology. “Market demand is high and offers a great deal of potential. Aisimba’s industry-leading technologies for autonomous driving mean that we are now at the very forefront of commercialisation. In the short-term, we will focus on the development of campus and community scenarios to support the automation of traditional enterprises and provide one-stop smart management.”
On Aisimba’s cooperation with Via, Liang said the two companies would leverage their complementary strengths to accelerate the mass adoption of autonomous driving by the general public as soon as possible.
“We are very excited to be collaborating with Aisimba on the development of its leading-edge autonomous delivery vehicle systems and applications,” said Richard Brown, vice-president of international marketing at Via Technologies. “We are very optimistic about the potential for driverless last-mile delivery services in China and other global markets.”  
The Mobile360 Surround View is an integrated in-vehicle system that can be customised for driver assistance and autonomous applications with its support for 360˚ video monitoring, adas, driver management systems, NVR and sensor fusion.
Via develops integrated embedded platforms and systems for M2M, IoT and smart city applications, ranging from video walls and digital signage to healthcare and industrial automation. Headquartered in Taipei, its global network links the high-tech centres of the USA, Europe and Asia, and its customer base includes many high-tech, telecommunications and consumer electronics industry brand names.