TNT post, which began delivering in 2012, has rolled out the unicycles called AirWheels as a new way to deliver parcels.
The Royal Mail challenger has had a difficult year, with two legal battles over ‘cherry-picking’ delivery locations and an ad-campaign which featured their number one competitor Royal Mail – which it was said implied TNT was a better service.
The AirWheel is being trialled by 100 posties in 4 cities in England (London, Manchester, Birmingham and Liverpool).
“We are committed to ongoing efficiency and if the trial proves successful then the AirWheel will be adopted by whistl posties across the UK,” said chief executive, Nick Wells.
Each Airwheel unit costs £500-800 per unit, goes around 12mph (about as fast, if not slower, than your typical postie on a bike) and has a 20 mile range – however, it can re-charge while going downhill.
Whistl hopes to expand its employees from 3000, to 20,000 by 2019.
Amazon announced it is testing drone delivery of its packages, late last year.
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