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Forward-thinking: DHL envisions the future delivery van design

Forward-thinking: DHL envisions the future delivery van design
Forward-thinking: DHL envisions the future delivery van design

DHL has given its audience a glimpse of the future of delivery vans at lightning speed. The logistics giant posted a few photographs of what the future DHL delivery vans might look like, and it’s impressive. 

It’s perfection on wheels, with its bright yellow body curved in the right places and subtle red lines to emphasize the focus points with wings on the roof. The dark-tinted windows create a sophisticated look. However, the low suspension might raise some eyebrows in terms of functionality.

The sleek design is already turning heads. Whether DHL is testing the water to see the response for such AI-powered design or making plans to design the van is anyone’s guess.

Safe to say, the future of “lightning-speed last-mile delivery” is certainly something the industry can get used to. As DHL describes it: “Buckle up for a future where your packages arrive with lightning speed, just like a NASCAR (National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing) race!”

Durability on the road

Many respondents call the design ‘sleek’ and ‘impressive,’ while others are concerned about its durability on the road. Jyothishprasad Kalachira, an IT manager in India, questions whether it will survive within “a man-driven pool of vehicles on roads?”

DHL’s response attests to its confidence: “Absolutely, a great question! But who knows what the future holds? Think of them as the Fred Astaire of delivery vans.”

Warehouse operator Michael Opoku Agyapong stands by DHL, saying it would be an excellent van for remote deliveries. “Future vans should be designed to navigate the most remote corners,” says the logistics company. 

It adds: “Future vans should be designed to navigate the most remote corners.”

DHL’s stance on AI and technology 

The company takes a firm stance on artificial intelligence (AI) to shape this year’s logistics landscape. It’s prioritizing digitization with consistency. 

“The implementation of AI will progress especially in the areas of planning, forecasting, and asset management: the planning of routes or load building, predictions of customer demand and management of fleets, facilities or inventories, etc.,” says DHL while forecasting what this year could hold for the industry. 

However, in what some might view as controversial, it claims, “AI must still catch up in implementation. Also, in 2024, AI is not expected to take over major parts of the operational business.”

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