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Daimler’s Lab1886 start-up chark makes deliveries directly to parked cars in Berlin

Having online orders delivered directly to parked cars? That is the idea behind chark, a pilot project of Lab1886, which has already undergone successful testing in Stuttgart during a beta phase. The service also starting in Berlin.

Drivers of Mercedes-Benz passenger cars and the V-Class of model year 2015 and newer – can use the Mercedes me connect service to have parcels or purchases delivered directly to their parked vehicle in the German capital. It makes no difference whether the car is privately owned, leased or a company car. Orders can be placed with any online shop worldwide.

The customers were highly satisfied with the in-car delivery service during the pilot in Stuttgart. They positively highlighted the personal convenience, the greater ease in daily life as well as the speed of the delivery. All in all, more than 1000 parcels were delivered in the greater Stuttgart area to date.

Prerequisites for using chark is the Mercedes me connect ability in vehicles as of model year 2015 and the associated app which is available free of charge from the App Store (iOS). Another premise is that the delivery service is available in the included zip code area. The delivery area in Berlin extends from Reinickendorf over Steglitz-Zehlendorf, Köpenick to Pankow.

chark stands for change the why you park and is a project of Lab1886, Daimler’s global innovation incubator. chark is working on an ecosystem of services that goes beyond parcel deliveries: The aim is also to be able to handle grocery purchases, returns as well laundry services and vehicle washing in this way eventually. The Corporate-Start-up is working on chark together with Last-Mile Logistics Liefery.

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