DHL to deliver packages directly to cars in new pilot scheme

Deutsche Post DHL has announced that DHL Parcel, Amazon and Audi, an automotive manufacturer, will team up to launch a Germany-wide pilot project for a new service that will allow car owners to use their cars as mobile delivery addresses for their parcel shipments.

The three project partners have developed and tested a solution for car trunk delivery to ensure high security standards for both merchandise and automobiles. For the customer, the service is designed to be simple, transparent and easily manageable at all stages of the process – from order placement on, parcel transport by DHL, to delivery to the trunk of their Audi.

“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,” said Jürgen Gerdes, Board Member for the Post – eCommerce – Parcel division at Deutsche Post DHL. “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.”

DHL Parcel, Amazon and Audi plan to conduct their joint pilot project over the course of several months in the greater area of Munich, Germany, during which selected customers will have the chance to test the new delivery solution.

Using a specially developed smart phone app, the DHL delivery agent receives the exact location of the car as well as access to the vehicle’s trunk. After the deliverymen have placed the item in the trunk and closed its door, the car is then locked automatically. DHL receives confirmation via the app and the car owner is informed of the successful delivery via email.