BUAS Delivery Robot Pilot

Together with Breda University of Applied Sciences, we have started a research into the implementation of smart delivery robots on the campus of the BUAS.

Like other cities in the Netherlands, Breda will have a zero emission zone in 2025. This will have consequences for the accessibility of the city. With the current developments in the field of mobility, Breda feels it is important to anticipate future mobility needs and concepts in the field of logistics. ​

Deliveries have high labour costs, which is mainly due to the high cost and complexity of the “last mile”. By automating this last mile using emission free robots, we can help solve this problem in a sustainable and innovative way. In addition, by using these logistics robots, the emission standard can be met. 

Through this pilot we want to research, test and implement the use of these smart logistics robots.   



What we do

Within this pilot The Future Mobility Network is active as project manager and technical advisor in the process towards the implementation of these robots. In order to solve delivery problems for the last mile, while keeping the emission standards in mind, the choice was made to test emission free delivery robots within this pilot.

The idea is to supply the robot from a central logistics hub and then supply the various buildings on campus with parcels.

During this process the logistics parties, municipality and problem owners will be involved to realize the project. With this in mind, steps are taken with these parties to achieve the composite goal.

Why we do it

Large cities in the Netherlands will have to deal with a zero-emission zone in 2025. This will ensure that no internal combustion engines will be allowed within these city centres. For now, almost all logistic movements (especially deliveries) are carried out using vehicles with a traditional fuel engine. 

The last mile in delivery is the most expensive because each parcel requires a human action, while more and more (online) orders are being placed, cities are become increasingly more compact and villages are becoming less accessible. 

In order to be well prepared for the future, this project uses innovative and sustainable delivery robots that meet the zero-emission standard. By using these delivery robots the costs can be reduced, as the delivery is less dependent on the (expensive) human action.


Through the BUAS delivery robot pilot a smart solution is realised in cooperation with the problem owner, municipality and other parties. In this way cities remain accessible and further development and sustainability are stimulated. 


This pilot is commissioned by and in cooperation with Breda University of Applied Sciences.



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