Seattle, Washington – Online retail giant Amazon has shown off the electric delivery vans that Ford-backed Rivian is producing, part of a 10,000-vehicle initial order that will help launch the electric vehicle (EV) startup.
In support of Amazon’s climate pledge commitment to be net zero carbon by 2040, 10,000 Amazon custom electric delivery vehicles will be on the road delivering to customers worldwide as early as 2022 and all 100,000 by 2030. This is one of three different models that Amazon has invested in and completely customized with Rivian to enhance the driver experience and optimize safety.
”When we set out to create our first customized electric delivery vehicle with Rivian, we knew that it needed to far surpass any other delivery vehicle. We wanted drivers to love using it and customers to feel excited when they saw it driving through their neighborhood and pulling up to their home,” said Ross Rachey, director of Amazon's Global Fleet and Products. “We combined Rivian’s technology with our delivery logistics knowledge, and the result is what you see here-the future of last mile delivery.”
“The vehicle we’ve developed with Amazon is not just electric. We prioritized safety and functionality to create a vehicle that’s optimized for package delivery,” said Rivian CEO RJ Scaringe. “We thought through how drivers get in and out of the van, what the work space feels like and what the work flow is for delivering packages.”
Amazon’s custom electric vehicle is packed with industry leading safety, navigation, and design features, including:
- State-of-the-art sensor detection, a suite of highway and traffic assist technology, and a large windshield to enhance driver visibility
- Exterior cameras around the vehicle linked to a digital display inside the cabin, giving the driver a 360-degree view outside the vehicle
- Alexa integration for hands-free access to route information and the latest weather updates
- A strengthened door on the driver’s side for additional protection
- A dance floor inside the driver’s cabin for easy movement inside the van
- Bright tail lights surrounding the rear of the vehicle to easily detect braking
- Three levels of shelving with a bulkhead door, which can easily be opened and closed for additional driver protection while on the road
”We are working to advance and implement the technology that will support these vans—ranging from the physical charging infrastructure to enhancements and optimization of our delivery stations,” Rachey said.
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OM Systems cloud-based outbreak management software provides the easiest way for businesses to manage COVID-19 response efforts and containment in a closed environment. The platform features a dynamic visual map called BirdsEye View, allowing rapid assessments to spot and stop outbreaks. OM System was born out of a necessity for empowering employers with a tool to optimize their own outbreak management strategy and get back to work with confidence as the COVID-19 pandemic altered the reality of workplace safety.
As of September 17, 2020, 24 states have reopened, 8 states are in the process of reopening, 9 states are pausing reopening, and 9 states are reversing its opening, according to the New York Times. Beyond this, many essential businesses were forced to operate through the height of the pandemic and will continue to do so. Running and resuming operations comes with risk, liability, and responsibility. Regardless of where a business operates, it is imperative that all businesses are ready to reopen with a coherent and transparent COVID-19 Strategy. Manual processes and patched-together systems add to the challenge.
“When the worldwide crisis of the COVID-19 pandemic descended upon us all, we at OM Systems saw an immediate opportunity to serve. We pivoted one of our existing database solutions to be a powerful tool in visually managing and mitigating infectious disease protocol not just for the current pandemic, but for the upcoming Flu season and beyond,” says Chris Hawker, CEO of OM Systems. “We noticed that organizations were mainly using manual processes and multiple platforms to implement their outbreak management strategy. With that in mind, we developed one tool with three distinct parts: a communications system with the employees, a secure database which stores and tracks information, and a BirdsEye view that allows employers to make rapid assessments of situations, possess operational awareness, and save significant time anticipating and intervening in outbreaks.”
OM Systems’ BirdsEye view gives employers a dynamic visual map to see the health of the workforce in an instant to spot and stop outbreaks. The software allows rapid and efficient communication for employers and their workforce with automatic SMS, email alerts, and check-ins. The platform also helps employers with managing risk and compliance as the tool has been developed with OSHA & CDC guidelines in mind. In addition, the software is easy to implement and manage with a smooth, seamless on-boarding process – allowing a company to be ready in hours, not weeks.
How OM System works
- System setup: Employee contact records are securely uploaded. Employees may be organized by work groups (shifts, departments, buildings, sites, etc.).
- Daily check-in: Through automated text alerts and on-site check-ins, employees, or designated personnel record any adverse symptoms.
- Case creation: Once a company-defined health risk threshold is met, a case is created, ensuring visibility and follow-up.
- Case investigation: With simple entry of exposures and OM System’s “Birds Eye” visualization, outbreaks become easy to spot.
- Employee outreach: Employees who may have been exposed are alerted and supported with measures they can take while maintaining their anonymity.
- Outbreak managed: OM System provides visualization, reporting, and simplified communication to keep employees safe.
OM Systems is currently planning on launching a mobile app of the platform for iPhone and Android users as another means for employees to report their daily health status to employers.
Long Beach, California – Toyota Motor North America (TMNA) and Hino Trucks have agreed to jointly develop a Class 8 fuel cell electric truck (FCET) for the North American market.
The companies will leverage the newly developed Hino XL Series chassis with Toyota’s hydrogen fuel cell technology to deliver capability without harmful emissions. This collaboration expands upon the existing effort to develop a 25-ton FCET for the Japanese market. The initial demonstration vehicle is expected to arrive in the first half of 2021.
“A fuel cell powered version of the Hino XL Series is a win-win for both customers and the community. It will be quiet, smooth and powerful while emitting nothing but water,” said Tak Yokoo, senior executive engineer, Toyota Research and Development. “Toyota’s 20-plus years of fuel cell technology combined with Hino’s heavy-duty truck experience will create an innovative and capable product.”
“Expanding upon our proud heritage of the Hino powertrain, Toyota fuel cell technology offers our customers a commercially viable, extended range, zero emissions vehicle in the near term,” said Glenn Ellis, Hino’s Senior Vice President Customer Experience. “Hino shares a common focus with Toyota when it comes to durability, reliability, and innovation with the customer at the center of design which makes this collaboration a game changer.”