Waymo is partnering with UPS to pilot autonomous vehicle package pickup in the Metro Phoenix area. Waymo’s Chrysler Pacifica minivans will shuttle packages from The UPS Store locations to a local UPS sorting facility for processing.
In the Arizona pilot, the vehicle will drive autonomously with a Waymo-trained driver on board to monitor operations.
Tekedra Mawakana, Waymo Chief Operating Officer, says: “Waymo’s mission is to make it safe and easy for people and things to get where they’re going, and our partnership with UPS allows us to continue developing how our Waymo Driver can facilitate pickups. We look forward to working alongside the UPS team to safely and efficiently deliver packages starting in Metro Phoenix.”
Scott Price, UPS chief strategy and transformation officer, adds: “Getting packages to our sortation facilities sooner and more frequently, while also creating an opportunity for later drop-offs for next-day service, can add enormous value for our customers.”
Waymo is Google’s self-driving car unit which was started in 2009. To date, it has driven over 20 million miles autonomously on public roads across 25 U.S. cities and conducted over 10 billion miles of simulation testing.