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Deutsche Post to Deploy Test Fleet Of Fully Autonomous Delivery Trucks This Year

•, by Mark Kane

The German postal service is no stranger to being on the cutting edge, or plugging in …. as DPDHL already utilizes a fleet of 3,400 (and growing) StreetScooter electric delivery vehicles, produced in-house.

According to Deutsche Post, the StreetScooter can be equipped with ZF's multiple sensors, including cameras, lidar and radar, that feed into the ZF ProAI system. That way DPDHL is able to automate package transportation and delivery, including the "last mile" of deliveries, which is the complex and costliest aspect of courier and e-commerce deliveries.

"To develop these AI delivery vehicles, DPDHL has already configured its data center with the NVIDIA DGX-1™ AI supercomputer for training its neural networks. It will then run its deep learning models on the truck's NVIDIA DRIVE PX platform. A prototype delivery vehicle unveiled today uses six cameras, one radar and two lidar — all feeding into the NVIDIA DRIVE PX."

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