Picture: City of Tallinn

Estonian-made autonomous vehicles, developed by Vijandi-based Clevon, have been allowed to operate in pedestrian areas of Tallinn Old Town by the city government that signed a two-month cooperation agreement for the pilot project. 

“Tallinn’s Old Town is a UNESCO heritage site but also an active business location and an attractive tourist destination. Old Town is also a place where people live. It therefore makes sense to use innovative mobility solutions to serve its institutions, businesses and residents,” Tallinn’s deputy mayor Tanel Kiik said in a statement. 

“The robotic courier is an all-electric, noise and emission-free means of transport, making it a safer and more environmentally friendly way of delivering goods in the narrow streets of the Old Town compared to conventional motor vehicles,” he added. 

 The full electric, unmanned vehicles will provide parcel delivery services and aim to reduce pollution in the city centre. The company are also partnering with DHL for the new courier solution in the Old Town area. 

Back in 2021, the company became the first in Europe to be awarded a licence to operate semi-autonomous vehicles on public streets without restrictions. The vehicle is also being tested by online shopping service Collect&Go in Belgium.  

The Clevon’s robot courier is fairly small, only weighing 500 kilograms. To ensure the safety of road users, including pedestrians, the machine is equipped with six cameras that provide a 360 degree view of the vehicle.