SAP and UPS team up to tackle traffic congestion
SAP has partnered with UPS to create an eco-friendly eBike system.
In an effort to address growing traffic congestion and air quality concerns, UPS developed the eBike in 2018, a pedal-assisted tricycle with a modular cargo bay on the back. Now, at GITE Technology Week 2019, SAP is showcasing the UAE version of the vehicle, along with the back-end technology it has deployed for UPS to make last mile operations easier and more efficient.
“The eBike isenvironmentally friendly and a much more sustainable way of doing last mile fulfilment, but the key is the technology that we have deployed on the back end,” Zakaria Haltout, managing director, SAP. “It’s pedal-assisted, so it has an electric motor, and in order to encourage drivers to make full use of their own kinetic energy, UPS is able to use our platform to monitor the bike’s usage and reward drivers that are pedalling rather than relying on the electric motor.”
SAP is also utilising virtual reality and IoT to make maintenance and monitoring easier. “Through an app that each driver has access to wecan create a VR twin of the bike,” explained Haltout. “The driver can select any part of the bike in VR and see anything from route history, to distance travelled, and even the number of battery recharge cycles done.” UPS is now planning to deploy its UAE-spec eBikes, along with SAP’s technology, during EXPO 2020.