November 13, 2017
Anyway, a handful of vehicle builders are up against each other to create the next U.S. Postal Service mail truck, which needs to be replaced soon since the current one has been delivering mail since the 1980s. This truck is a submission from AM General, a company that builds contract vehicles, for the bid, which AM General told Jalopnik was caught while delivering mail in Sterling Heights, Michigan.
Notably taller than the current model, this AM General looks to have the proportions of a Ford Transit Connect. LED lighting in the front and rear replaces the current halogen units.
Inside, the steering wheel and TFT instrument cluster seems to be taken from recent Volvo models, but does not suggest any level of autonomous drive. Much of the stalks and switchgear also comes from Volvo, including the Swedish company’s vertically-mounted Sensus touchscreen. For the USPS, it would likely be integrated with shipments and other tracking devices and would cleanly integrate with the service’s networks.
An AM General USPS truck would be built in the US, a must for the government bid. It also incorporates a stop-start system with a four-cylinder engine, suggesting more Geely or Volvo cooperation. The USPS is reviewing prototypes and will likely make more decisions on findings early next year.
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