Package Delivery Company, UPS and self-driving technology company, Waymo are jointly exploring automated and autonomous technologies to enhance network operations. The companies will pilot autonomous vehicle package pickup in the Metro Phoenix area.
Starting in the coming weeks, Waymo’s Chrysler Pacifica minivans will shuttle packages from The UPS Store locations to a local UPS sorting facility for processing. The vehicle will drive autonomously but a Waymo-trained driver on board to monitor operations.
Along with exploring how autonomous ground vehicles can improve customer service and network efficiency, the company will also be using this pilot to jointly develop long-term plan for how the companies can work together.
UPS is known for investing in technologies that bolster its tightly integrated smart global logistics network. Over the last decade, the company has demonstrated leadership in advanced data analytics, artificial intelligence, autonomous drone delivery, robotics and facility automation.
Source: Press Release