Amazon and MIT work out perfect delivery routes1. March 2021
Amazon and MIT work out perfect delivery routes
New York, 3/1/2021
Amazon has teamed up with MIT to improve and optimize its delivery routes for drivers. The companies are sponsoring a competition that asks academic teams to develop machine learning models capable of predicting delivery routes chosen by experienced drivers.
The idea is to boost Amazon’s efforts to find the most efficient, safe and sustainable delivery routes for drivers.
Amazon will provide data such as delivery locations, package sizes and drive times to help teams train their models to optimize routes based on specific “driver expertise.”
While Amazon already uses routing algorithms for its deliveries, the competition aims to add new variables, data and other changes that could improve them and make them more useful.
The competition is being led by Amazon’s Last Mile team and the MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics, or CTL. Amazon says it could interview high-scoring team members for research positions at Last Mile, the developer of delivery fleet scheduling software.
First-place winners will receive $100,000, followed by $50,000 for second place and $25,000 for third place. CTL will also publish papers describing the best models.