Amazon reveals all-electric delivery vans and plans a 100,000 fleet with 360 cameras and built-in Alexa
AMAZON has revealed its electric delivery vans that aim to make parcel delivery better for the environment.
The company invested $700million (£540million) into sustainable US car maker Rivian last February and ordered 100,000 vans.
The new vans could be in use next year[/caption]
The unveiled van is the first of three models.
We could be seeing it on the roads in the US as earlier as next year.
Amazon has pledged that it would get 10,000 custom electric delivery vehicles carrying parcels worldwide by 2022.
It hopes that they’ll be 100,000 on roads all over the globe by 2030.
They are part of Amazon’s plan to be more environmentally friendly[/caption]
However, the larger goal doesn’t just include vans but also e-cargo bikes and electric rickshaws in India.
Amazon has the ambitious goal of achieving zero carbon emissions by 2040.
This could dramatically improve its impact on the environment if successful.
It’s also not good news for the big oil companies responsible for powering many diesel delivery vans.
The vans contain Alexa to help drivers[/caption]
The van itself looks pretty simplistic and ‘Prime’ blue from the outside.
Inside things get a bit more interesting.
There’s multiple screens for the driver, Alexa support and a camera that gives 360-degree views outside the van.
Alexa can help drivers with things like their route and warning them about bad weather.
What is Alexa?
If you’ve never heard of Alexa, here’s what you need to know…
- Alexa is an “intelligent” personal assistant built by Amazon.
- You can find her on several different devices, including Amazon’s Echo speakers.
- Alexa responds to voice commands, and can talk back to you.
- She can perform thousands of different tasks, including telling you about the news or weather.
- But she can do more complex things too, like ordering a pizza or arranging an Uber taxi pick-up.
- To activate Alexa, you need to say “Alexa” to an Amazon Echo speaker.
- Because she’s powered by artificial intelligence, Alexa is constantly getting smarter.
- Alexa will also get more used to your voice, and better understand what you want her to do over time.
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