It's pretty interesting, I saw a package go from the airport, to my house.
It may not be that useful in a personal/residential situation, but in a business critical one it could be.
Someone probably knows how it works, but it has to be able to use the GPS of the vehicle, and link it to all the packages it's carrying, then show the truck on a map....
I use My UPS. I sign up for the notifications so I know there is something coming and when it is delivered. Nice service.
I also use My USPS for home delivery and when I am sending something that needs to be tracked. It will show me just when someone signs for something.
I buy a lot off line they are both very useful.
I signed up for notifications and if anything with my address is coming with a tracking number it is automatically put in My UPS and My USPS.
but what I noticed today is you can see the actual package moving along the roads from the airport to my house, block by block. I would be interested in knowing the technology behind it...it may not be real time, but updated maybe every 5 min....from memory, I know the route the UPS truck took exiting the highway, there's no way it was only my package, but many. But mine had a due date of today 10:30 AM since it was overnight
I also use My UPS and My USPS. Haven't seen the UPS follow my delivery though. Will have to check it out. The delivery trucks use GPS and are connected to the UPS computers. That's why you get a "just Delivered" notice via email.
I will have to buy something that ships UPS to see that. I had something last week but never looked at the site. I get updates so didn't look. Will have to start looking.
Never heard of the block by block tracking, but, I do use the regular tracking feature of the various systems and sometimes have to wonder how a package ever gets where's it's going. More than once I have 'seen' a package go right by my town to a town 100 miles away only to come back to my town the next day or so. FWIW I live in a major hub area not out in the sticks where such action might make sense.
Oh nice I didn't know about this feature! I've had My UPS before.
I'll have to look for that. They tell me when it is coming but I was not aware of that feature.
I use tracking and require signatures when sending important paperwork or returning faulty goods to a manufacture !
companies like UPS can use the vehicle location as a customer friendly service. If the vehicle is stolen they can track the vehicle as well. If a customer needed something picked up UPS would be able to determine which of it's vehicles was closest. Seems this is an application they use that does several things to help UPS and the customer.
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