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  • The United States Postal Service is looking to upgrade its fleet of delivery trucks with autonomous capability, according to a report the Office of the Inspector General released earlier this month.The USPS has partnered with the University of Michigan to build and test a semi-autonomous prototype on lightly-traveled (and thus, relatively safe) rural routes. The school is scheduled to deliver the first prototype in December, and 10 more samples will begin real-world testing in 2019. The postal carrier will sit behind the wheel, ready to take control if need be. But when not needed to intervene, he or she will be able to sort and organize the mail while the vehicle drives itself.If initial tests succeed, the semi-autonomous service is expected to expand to 28,000 rural routes by 2025. Looking further ahead, the USPS is looking into having its trucks self-park, and believes that one day they might even serve as mobile parcel lockers that “would come to the customer when convenient, all..

    Postal Service Looks to Automate its Fleet

    The United States Postal Service is looking to upgrade its fleet of delivery trucks with autonomous capability, according to a report the Office of the Inspector General released earlier this month.The USPS has partnered with the University of Michigan to build and test a semi-autonomous prototype on lightly-traveled (and thus, relatively safe) rural routes. The school is scheduled to deliver the first prototype in December, and 10 more samples will begin real-world testing in 2019. The postal carrier will sit behind the wheel, ready to take control if need be. But when not needed to intervene, he or she will be able to sort and organize the mail while the vehicle drives itself.If initial tests succeed, the semi-autonomous service is expected to expand to 28,000 rural routes by 2025. Looking further ahead, the USPS is looking into having its trucks self-park, and believes that one day they might even serve as mobile parcel lockers that “would come to the customer when convenient, all..
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  • We were pretty shocked when we saw that first-person video of a Sonoma County sheriff's deputy driving through one of the raging wildfires in California this week as emergency crews work to get people out of the path of the inferno. But this drone footage following a dedicated U.S. Post Office employee delivering mail in a completely burned-out neighborhood in Santa Rosa is one of the most striking things we've seen in a long time.The Postal Service gets a lot of knocks over their outdated technology and occasionally-questionable customer service, but the sight of this little Grumman LLV puttering through the apocalyptic remains of the city's Coffey Park neighborhood is both bizarre and uplifting all at once. At least a thousand homes in Santa Rosa went up in flames earlier this week, which means thousands of people have had their lives completely upended and worldly possessions destroyed.But just as "neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these courie..

    Eerie Drone Footage Shows Postal Worker Deliver Mail in Wildfire-Destroyed Neighborhood

    We were pretty shocked when we saw that first-person video of a Sonoma County sheriff's deputy driving through one of the raging wildfires in California this week as emergency crews work to get people out of the path of the inferno. But this drone footage following a dedicated U.S. Post Office employee delivering mail in a completely burned-out neighborhood in Santa Rosa is one of the most striking things we've seen in a long time.The Postal Service gets a lot of knocks over their outdated technology and occasionally-questionable customer service, but the sight of this little Grumman LLV puttering through the apocalyptic remains of the city's Coffey Park neighborhood is both bizarre and uplifting all at once. At least a thousand homes in Santa Rosa went up in flames earlier this week, which means thousands of people have had their lives completely upended and worldly possessions destroyed.But just as "neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these courie..
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