United Parcel Service announced this morning it’s rolling out a new navigation tool designed to reduce costs for the company and headaches for its roughly 60,000 U.S. package delivery drivers, Reuters reports.
The world’s biggest package delivery firm—known for eliminating most left turns on routes as part of a years-long effort to cut driver miles, fuel use and accident risks—expects to have the new UPSNav technology in most of its U.S. drivers’ hands by 2020. The move comes as UPS and rivals ranging from FedEx and the U.S. Post Office to Amazon’s logistics unit grapple with surging e-commerce deliveries and the high cost of taking goods the “last mile” to shopper doorsteps.
UPSNav updates the company’s On-Road Integrated Optimization and Navigation system that prepares parcel delivery routes. It combines UPS delivery data, including time-saving information such as the location of loading docks and package receiving areas, with ORION maps that cover more than 250 million locations to find the most cost-effective route between stops, company officials say.