Routes to the Future

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To Your Doorstep, Faster than the Speed of Sound

The logistics landscape is changing faster than ever. Here's what it might look like in coming years.
Bala Ganesh | UPS

Autonomous vehicles dominate the headlines. But they’re just one of the many futuristic technologies we could use to make deliveries in coming decades. Indeed, at some point in the future, the logistics landscape could barely resemble what we see today. Here’s an admittedly fanciful look at some of the cutting-edge technologies we could use one […]

Will Data Reshape the Future of Logistics?

Advancing from reactive thinking to predictive problem solving will create smarter transportation networks.
Jack Levis | UPS

Today, companies mostly use data to explain what has already happened, a practice known as descriptive analytics.  The more advanced companies turn to analytics to predict what might happen next. But just 3 percent of firms deploy prescriptive analytics, which goes beyond prediction and determines the optimal action to take. Increasingly, businesses will use analytics. […]

BMW on Letting Go of the Wheel

BMW’s user-experience gurus want to make hands-off driving feel safe, comfortable and fun. But are we prepared to let our cars take over?
Holger Hampf | BMW

Check out Routes to the Future: How We’ll Get Around, in which we explore the innovations – and obstacles – of a new era of possibility. Are you ready to loosen your grip on the steering wheel? BMW is betting on it. As cars start taking over operations and decision-making, “their humans” will need to adjust. So […]

The Future of Alternative Fuels

With pollution growing and natural resources dwindling, now is the time to expedite the development of alternative fuels.

As concerns grow over climate change, pollution and how much oil we actually have left, there’s clearly a need to develop alternative fuels. The good news is that researchers have proven that vehicles can run on natural gas, electricity, hydrogen, nitrogen, biofuels like elephant grass – and even biodiesels based on restaurant grease or chicken […]

Look Ma, No Driver!

A French startup has launched the first fully autonomous, driverless vehicle. The Arma is convenient and cool. But are you ready to take a test drive?
Dr. Andy Rogers | Navya

It’s reminiscent of an old Volkswagen Beetle in its rounded off approachable charm. But that’s where the comparison ends. Made by Navya, a French startup, the Arma is the first entirely autonomous transport vehicle. The fully electric shuttle bus has capacity for up to 15 passengers (and no driver!) and is operating now in Switzerland, […]

The Route to the Future

Want to know what the world will look like in 10 years? If you like science fiction, you might love what’s in store.

This is Part 1 of a five-part white paper series called Routes to the Future, in which we explore the innovations, challenges and opportunities in a new era of possibilities. Since the beginning of recorded history, humans have been imagining future innovations with an intensity born out of our survival instinct. It’s in our DNA […]