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Automotus to deploy tech for nation’s first zero emissions delivery zone

The City of Santa Monica and Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI) have officially launched the nation’s first zero emissions delivery zone, and Automotus is serving as one of the primary technology partners.


Using proprietary video analytics technology, our team will work with the City of Santa Monica and LACI to monitor, analyze, and automate all forms of curb activity in a one-square mile voluntary zone that includes priority access for zero-emission delivery vehicles. Our technology will collect anonymized data for evaluating the zone’s impacts on delivery efficiency, safety, congestion, and emissions, and will make real-time parking availability data available to all zero emissions delivery zone drivers. We will also be able to alert enforcement officials in real time when non-permitted vehicles are using the zone. Not only will our technology have the potential to reduce air pollution, GHG emissions, and traffic congestion, but will also support more efficient operations for fleets and provide increased economic opportunity to small businesses.


The concept for the zone was originally generated by LACI’s Transportation Electrification Partnership — a multi-year partnership among local government, utilities, automakers, and startups working together to reduce air pollution and accelerate transportation electrification and zero emissions goods movement in Los Angeles in advance of the 2028 Olympic and Paralympic Games. However, for our team and the project’s many partners and supporters, this zone is not just about advancing climate and mobility goals for one city or one region. Our goal is to create a blueprint for cities, fleets, and other emerging tech companies globally to tackle last-mile delivery issues while also reducing emissions and congestion.


Solving cities’ mobility challenges while also tackling aggressive climate goals requires radical collaboration. We’re honored to support this project alongside 15+ partners spanning fleet operators, automakers, and other mobility-focused startups. Companies include IKEA, NissanUSA, Axlehire, REEF Technology, Circuit, Tortoise, and others.


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