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DHL, Volkswagen launch pilot project in Berlin for in-car deliveries

LBR Staff Writer Published 07 September 2017

A pilot project has been launched in Berlin, Germany, which will see DHL staff delivering parcels to the trunks of Volkswagen cars.

The project by DHL Parcel and Volkswagen will enable selected customers to use mobile addresses for the delivery of their DHL parcels.

Both the firms have joined forces to design and pilot a solution for in-car delivery.

The selected customers will receive a VW Polo, which is fitted with We Deliver, an in-car delivery equipment, to pilot the service for four weeks.

DHL Parcel CEO Achim Dünnwald said: "Since we've already tested car drop delivery successfully in other projects in Germany and continue to offer it for Smart drivers, we're pleased to win Volkswagen as another partner - our partnership allows us to offer this attractive service to an even broader target group.

"As an innovation leader in the parcel sector, our objective at DHL Parcel is to be able to offer in-car delivery as an option to as many recipients as possible in Germany, offering personalized processes to make the sending and receiving parcels even easier for our customers."

The delivery driver will receive an e-mail through an app, which notifies when a parcel has been delivered to the car’s trunk and about the delivery process. The driver should specify a two hour time slot during the ordering procedure.

During the specified time slots, the driver will have to park the vehicle in accessible areas for easy delivery in sites such as office parking lot and parks.

The DHL parcel courier will receive the exact vehicle’s delivery location information through a GPS from the DHL Delivery app. The app will also send a single-use, time-limited code to access the car boot.

Once the boot has been closed, the access code will be denied. The code will provide security for both the vehicle and the parcel.

DHL Parcel will also provide its in-car delivery in Stuttgart, Cologne, Bonn and Berlin.

Image: In the pilot project in Berlin Volkswagen will deploy 50 VW Polos. Photo: Courtesy of Deutsche Post AG.