Atlanta, March 02, 2015
UPS ORION to Be Deployed to 70% of U.S. Routes in 2015; Delivers Significant Sustainability Benefits
UPS® (NYSE:UPS) today revealed that its groundbreaking ORION routing system is expected to reduce by 100 million miles annually the distance driven by its drivers, when fully implemented in 2016. The company is accelerating its implementation to complete all planned U.S. routes in 2016. The deployment will result in a 100,000 metric ton reduction in CO2 emissions, equivalent to taking 21,000 passenger cars off the road for a year, according to the Greenhouse Gas Equivalencies Calculator.
The company expects additional benefits including annual savings of 10 million gallons of fuel and more than $300 million when its On-Road Integrated Optimization Navigation (ORION) system completes U.S. implementation. Additional environmental benefits and cost reduction savings will be realized when vehicles outside the U.S. are equipped with the technology in future years. During 2015, UPS plans to complete installation of ORION routing on about 70% of the planned routes.
UPS’s ORION routing system uses data from customers, drivers and vehicles to reduce miles driven on delivery routes. ORION calculates the most efficient driving path taking into consideration all scheduled package delivery and pick-up stops required on the route for the specific day. UPS began implementing ORION routing in 2012 after 10 years of development work.
Read more: ups.com