DHL Parcel, Amazon and Audi are due to team up this coming May to launch a new Germany-wide pilot project. The new project will allow car owners with the opportunity to use their cars as mobile delivery addresses for their parcels and packages.
The three companies have thoroughly developed and tested their unique solution for “car trunk” delivery over the past months. The new project has been designed to be simple, transparent and easily manageable at each stage of the delivery process.
Jürgen Gerdes Board Member for the Post - e-commerce - Parcel division at Deutsche Post DHL Group, has said: “As an innovation leader in the parcel industry, we continually work with our partners to develop innovative solutions for the ever growing number of parcel customers, and to set new trends.” Gerdes continued: “This pilot project for car trunk delivery for private customers is unique in the German parcel industry; it demonstrates once again our market and innovation leadership as well as our commitment to parcel delivery services tailored more and more to the individual needs of our customers.”
The project is due to be piloted in the greater area of Munich with selected customers having the chance to test the new delivery solution. Using a smart phone app, the DHL agent will receive the exact location of the car, including access to the vehicle’s trunk. The DHL delivery agent will place the shipment in the car and close the door - the car is then automatically locked. The app provides DHL with confirmation and the car owner is informed of the shipment’s successful delivery.