DHL and Blue Dart, which is also part of DHL, are running a pilot programme in Bengaluru, India of Smart Truck technology, a pick-up and delivery vehicle developed by Created by DHL Solutions & Innovation.
The Smart Truck is designed for urban logistic challenges such as traffic restrictions, density and clogging. It computes delivery deadlines to calculate the ideal sequence for shipments, and uses real-time GPS to avoid jams and optimise routings, thereby enabling flexibility and last-minute pick-ups.
It reduced number of miles traveled by 15 per cent and length of average route by 8 per cent, reducing both fuel consumption and CO2 emissions during its pilot in Germany in 2010.
Mr. Jerry Hsu, CEO, DHL Express Asia Pacific, said: “DHL’s GoGreen program commits us to continually address issues that affect the environment and seek innovative solutions to reduce our carbon footprint and provide better services to customers.
“In fast-growing, emerging markets such as India those needs are critical and will grow more so as the world continues to urbanize and megacities proliferate.”