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UPS inks electric van deal with Arrival, to test Waymo automation – Source Reuters Tech News

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – United Parcel Service Inc said on Wednesday it was ordering 10,000 electric delivery trucks from UK-based Arrival Ltd and teaming with self-driving startup Waymo as package carriers work to cut costs and tailpipe pollution.

FILE PHOTO: The company logo for United Parcel Service (UPS), is displayed on a screen at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York, U.S., October 22, 2019. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid -/File Photo

The UPS/Arrival partnership includes a minority investment from the world’s biggest package delivery firm and lands four months after customer-turned-rival Inc ordered 100,000 electric vans from Rivian, a Michigan startup partially funded by the world’s largest online retailer.

UPS said a six-month test run with Waymo, the self-driving unit of Google parent Alphabet Inc, would start next month. UPS will pay Waymo to use autonomous Chrysler Pacifica minivans to shuttle packages from Phoenix UPS stores to a nearby sorting center…

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