Innovative software cuts miles, reduces fuel and sets stage for more
personalized customer services
Most routes implemented with ORION have shown a mileage reduction. By the end of this year, the company expects to save more than 1.5 million gallons of fuel and reduce carbon dioxide emissions by more than 14,000 metric tonnes. A reduction of just one mile each day per driver over the course of a year saves the company up to
ORION consists of more than 250 million address data points. The sophisticated software combines customer’s shipping requirements with customized map data the company has compiled to provide UPS drivers with optimized routing instructions that meet service-level requirements, while reducing miles driven.
“The development and deployment of ORION is one of the strongest examples of our company’s commitment to continual investments in operational and customer technologies to deliver significant operational benefits, taking advanced mapping and route optimization to new levels,” said
ORION is the result of a long-term operational technology commitment, more than a decade in the making. To gather the necessary data, UPS operations research scientists began piloting telematics technologies with the installation of advanced GPS tracking equipment and vehicle sensors in 2008. The integration of these technologies allows UPS to capture data related to vehicle routes and performance and driver safety. The driver’s handheld mobile device and telematics technologies combined with custom mapping data and ORION algorithms provide more efficient routes for UPS drivers.
UPS prototyped ORION technology at 11 different sites between 2008 and 2011 and engaged senior UPS drivers to “beat the computer.” This challenge helped to identify business rules to bolster the algorithm. UPS driver
The number of route combinations a UPS driver with an average of 120 daily deliveries could make is a number far greater than the number of nanoseconds the earth has existed. ORION is constantly evaluating routing options up to the moment a driver leaves the UPS facility. At full deployment it will be running tens of thousands route optimizations per minute.
ORION will enable future enhancements to the popular MyChoice® service, providing close to six million consumers with the ultimate flexibility over their home deliveries by way of rerouting shipments and adjusting delivery locations and dates.
U.S. deployment to nearly all 55,000 routes is planned to be completed in 2017 and global deployments are planned for the future.
Photos and video of ORION on the job can be found at http://upsprmedia.com/ORION.zip.
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