UPS seals electric van deal with Arrival, set to test Waymo automation

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UPS seals electric van deal with Arrival, set to test Waymo automation

On Wednesday, the 29th of January 2020, the Atalanta, Georgia-based Logistics company, United Parcel Service Inc. made an announcement saying that the company would order as little as 10,000 electric delivery trucks from the UK-based e-vehicle start-up Arrival Ltd.

engaged primarily in research and development of electric pickup vans, while the Georgia-based logistics company had also added that it had been in an end-stage talk to partner up with the Google-parent Alphabet Inc.’s self-driving unit Waymo as a package carrier as part of its broad-based attempt to telescope pollution and to trim expenses.

In point of fact, latest UPS-Arrival tie-up came forth nearly four months after the world’s largest online retailer Inc. had ordered a whopping figure of 100,000 electric vans from Ford Motor Co.-backed e-vehicle manufacturer Rivian.

Aside from that, according to United Parcel Service Inc.’s Wednesday’s (January 29th) statement, the Georgia-based courier service provider would begin its Waymo partnership with a six-month test run, which would likely to start off by next month, as UPS Chief Information and engineering officer, Juan Perez said on Wednesday (January 29th) morning, “Arrival and Waymo projects will help us continue to push the envelope on technology and new delivery models that can complement the way our drivers work. ”