Sometimes it works,
sometimes it doesn't.
For the 2022 design competition, micrologistics, we decided to
team up with Toyota Motor Europe for an integrated approach.
More than half of the world's population live in urban areas. In
Europe the proportion is over eighty per cent. So the issues
involved in urban distribution and delivery are a huge challenge. In
the Paris region alone, a staggering 4.3 million deliveries are
made every week. It's everything from fish fingers to face packs, from
pharmaceuticals to photocopiers, from books to boots to beef to bags to
For the competition Jacob Abraham of the University of Houston, in the
US, decided to focus on how to deliver as the central idea of his design.
Dense urban environments inspired Abraham's Oro delivery module,
which copes eminently well with things like obstructed pathways and
cramped areas. 'The 'Oro's “walkie” function makes it extremely
manoeuvrable in narrow spaces,' said Magnus Oliveira
Andersson, Head of Design at Toyota Material Handling Europe.
Abraham was the overall winner of the 2022 TLDC and was
awarded a €5,000 cash prize.