The Commercial transportation industry is bound to get disrupted by the advent of technologies like autonomous driving, AI and deep learning. The shortage of truck drivers has created a space for the AI driven trucks to take over providing last-mile delivery services. It has led the companies to come together in order to fill this gap, recently, Nvidia, DPDHL and ZF have entered into a partnership among them to deploy a test fleet of autonomous delivery trucks, starting in 2018.
Deutsche Post DHL Group (DPDHL) is the world’s largest mail and logistics company, and ZF, one of the world’s largest automotive suppliers, while Nvidia is a technology company that designs graphics processing units for the gaming and professional markets, as well as system on a chip units for the mobile computing and automotive market.
As the conditions of the partnership DPDHL will outfit electric light trucks with the ZF ProAI self-driving system, based on NVIDIA DRIVE™ PX technology, for automating package transportation and delivery, including the “last mile” of deliveries. Taking packages from a central point to their final destinations is considered the most complex and costliest aspect of courier and e-commerce deliveries.
DPDHL currently has a fleet of 3,400 StreetScooter electric delivery vehicles, which can be equipped with ZF’s multiple sensors including cameras, lidar, and radar that feed into the ZF ProAI system. This can enable the vehicle to use artificial intelligence to understand its environment, plan a safe path forward, proceed along a selected route and park itself – ensuring deliveries can be made with greater accuracy and safety, and at lower cost.