SAP showcases UPS electric bike tech at GITEX
In an effort to address growing traffic congestion and air quality concerns, UPS is testing technologies including a pedal-assisted quad-bike with a modular cargo bay on the back. Now, at GITEX Technology Week 2019, SAP is showcasing the latest proof on concept solution for trials in the UAE, along with the back-end technology it has deployed for UPS to make last mile operations easier and even more efficient.
“The eBike is of course environmentally 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,” says 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, SAP can use its platform to monitor these sorts of new technologies.”
SAP’s solutions go way beyond just that though. The technology company is also utilising virtual reality and IoT to make maintenance and monitoring easier. “Through an app that each service provider has access to we can create a VR twin of the bike,” explains 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 testing eBikes, along with SAP’s technology, for potential use during the EXPO 2020, according to Haltout.