UPS has recently begun using some self-driving minivans to transport cargo in Phoenix,media reported. The delivery giant said Wednesday local time that it would partner with Alphabet’s self-driving car company, Waymo, to use a self-driving fleet from Waymo to deliver packages.
In the coming weeks, Waymo Chrysler Pacifica minivans will begin delivering residential and company goods between UPS stores near Phoenix and delivering them to the nearby UPS sorting building for processing.
These vehicles will be self-driving, but they will still be equipped with a human driver to monitor the situation. Self-driving cars are expected to deliver packages to UPS outlets faster and more frequently, speeding up delivery. A UPS spokesman said there were no plans to use the procedure to deliver packages directly to customers’ homes.
The partnership with UPS is part of Waymo’s ongoing work in Phoenix. Three years ago, Waymo began testing a call-up service in Phoenix. Last year, it began testing the cars without a safe driver. Also in 2019, it has partnered with AutoNation to test auto parts for automated delivery. The self-driving car company says it is using the new UPS partnership to find more ways to use its cars to transport people and goods.
In addition, the project has added experiments with many of UPS’s new delivery methods, particularly the use of drones to deliver packages on hospital campuses. Adding self-driving mini-smaller cars to its fleet could help the company manage more packages and possibly deliver goods to customers faster. Now, UPS is developing these new concepts to develop future shipping logistics and keep pace with Amazon. Related moves include investing in London-based electric car maker Arrival and buying 10,000 electric delivery vehicles, and extending drone delivery services to ucmedical systems at the University of California, San Diego.