Deutsche Post to test driverless delivery trucks starting next year

Nvidia on Tuesday unveiled what it says is the world’s first artificial intelligence computer system designed to drive fully autonomous robotaxis, and said it plans to make a fleet of autonomous package delivery trucks.

“It is designed for truly level 5 driving,” meaning no steering wheel, no gas or brake pedal, Nvidia automotive senior director said Danny Shapiro on a call with reporters on Monday. Nvidia said it is working with several companies on developing robotaxis, but Shapiro declined to name them.

The company also announced it will partner with automotive supplier ZF to make a test fleet of autonomous delivery trucks for Deutsche Post DHL Group by 2018. DPDHL is the world’s largest mail and package delivery service, Shapiro said.

The fleet will combine sensors, cameras, radar and lidar, and the ZF ProAI self-driving system, which is based on Drive PX.

The technology is expected to improve DPDHL’s efficiency considerably by enabling 24/7 hour package delivery.

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