Self-service for German mail
Deutsche Post DHL is looking to give its in-house StreetScooter electric delivery vehicles more autonomy. The German logistics giant, which has some 3,500 of the EVs up and running in its fleet, will partner with AI specialist Nvidia and auto supplier ZF to test self-driving delivery trucks in 2018.
Deutsche Post will kit out StreetScooters with ZF’s self-driving ProAI platform which leans on Nvidia’s Drive PX technology. The platform’s sensors include cameras, radar, as well as LiDAR pulsed-light system. The autonomous vehicles won’t replace staff as drivers are expected to use them as support during delivery rounds, while the StreetScooters will lean on AI to understand different environments and plan routes.
“The development of autonomous delivery vehicles demonstrates how AI and deep learning are reshaping the commercial transportation industry,” said Jensen Huang, Nvidia CEO.
Deutsche Post DHL and Ford unveiled their first joint vehicle in the shape of the StreetScooter Work XL electric van in August. The two companies are planning to produce 150 last-mile vehicles by the year-end, with a target of 2,500 by the close of 2018.
Deutsche Post DHL recently announced a tie-up with a German bank and a local leasing specialist to leasing services for the StreetScooter to help reduce fleet CO2 emissions.