Ford is likely one of the finalists vying for a $6.three billion contract to construct the following era U.S. Postal Service supply truck, and it’s already eager about taking them to the following degree.
That is based mostly on the truth that the automaker has responded to a separate request for info (RFI) from the company asking for proposals on autonomous know-how.
An organization spokesperson confirmed the transfer to Vans.com.
“The objective is to allow the operator to kind and set up mail whereas the car autonomously drives between supply factors/mailboxes. The autonomous car is anticipated to have the ability to monitor the setting and carry out all safety-related site visitors monitoring,” the RFI says. It has not been revealed if some other firms have made submissions.
The USPS is simply searching for concepts on integration and manufacturing to assist it establish potential candidates for future tasks and isn’t awarding a selected contract but. Nevertheless, it has already begun testing self-driving tech.
The USPS just lately launched a two-week trial of a self-driving semi-truck developed by TuSimple that made 5 deliveries between its processing facilities in Phoenix and Dallas.
Ford is planning to launch a self-driving industrial supply service by 2021 and is presently evaluating the feasibility of utilizing two-legged robots which can be able to unloading a bundle from a car and carrying it to the entrance door of a house.
So far as the traditional vehicles are involved, Ford has partnered with Oshkosh on a Ford Transit-based car to interchange the long-lasting Grumman LLV, however is retaining particulars near the vest, as are the opposite 4 bidders.