One of the biggest delivery companies in the US, UPS, has revealed what it plans for the future of its delivery service. We have heard earlier that most of the major delivery companies such as FedEx, UPS and others are focusing more on e-commerce deliveries. Also, we have seen how Amazon is trying to deliver their own packages and have revealed that half of their packages are being delivered by its in-house delivery service. However, we know that Amazon is not the only e-commerce company in the industry, although it holds a huge market share.
Thus, we are here to inform you that UPS sees a future in the e-commerce delivery industry where its fleet of delivery vehicles will be driveless as well as electric. This falls in line with Amazon who has already committed to replacing its delivery vehicles with custom electric vehicles which will be supplied by an electric car startup named Rivigo of which Jeff Bezos is also an investor.
Now, UPS is also backing an electric company for this driverless and electric trucks and has also announced that they will be buying “10,000 electric vehicles from U.K.-based startup Arrival and take a minority stake in the company”. Not only Arrival, UPS will also test minivans with Alphabet subsidiary Waymo in the Phoenix area over the next six months which will be self-driving.
Here is the statement from UPS regarding the same: “UPS continues to build an integrated fleet of electric vehicles, combined with innovative, large-scale fleet charging technology, As mega-trends like population growth, urban migration, and e-commerce continue to accelerate, we recognize the need to work with partners around the world to solve both road congestion and pollution challenges for our customers and the communities we serve”. Talking about Arrival, Hyundai and Kia Motors have also invested in the startup apart from UPS.