U.S. Postal Service officials held a press conference Tuesday to announce that the agency awarded a $ 482 million contract to Wisconsin-based Oshkosh Defense for a new fleet of vehicles scheduled to launch. in 2023. But the design of the new vehicles has become polarized to say the least, as some social media users love it and others seem to think they look like clown cars.
USPS delivery vehicles have not been updated since 1994, as Car and driver notes the magazine, so it makes sense that whoever designs a fleet here in the 2020s is trying to be bold. And they are bold, with Oshkosh’s plans for the so-called Next Generation Delivery Vehicle (NGDV) drawing strong reactions everywhere.
But that boldness has drawn criticism from some people on Twitter after Politico transportation reporter Sam Mintz tweeted about the new design.
“It looks like shit,” replied New York Times tech reporter Mike Isaac, while others He said it was a “waste of money”. Others more on Twitter said they didn’t care about the look of the vehicles and took the opportunity to complain mail delays.
Even the most positive reactions seemed to include underhanded compliments, noting that the proposed vehicle looks like something out of a children’s book. Several people compared the new USPS design to an infamous design from the Simpsons TV show, which could be interpreted as positive or negative, we assume.
The Postal Service notes that the new vehicles will include air conditioning, heating and advanced technology such as 360-degree cameras. There is also a rear collision avoidance system that includes automatic braking and plenty of visual and audible warnings.
The design has yet to be finalized, so there could be changes before these things roll off the assembly line. But the top USPS chief, a holdover from the Trump regime, believes these vehicles are the future.
“As the American institution that unites our country, the US Postal Service can have a bright and modern future if we make investments today that position us for excellence tomorrow,” said the USPS Postmaster General and Chief Executive Officer. , Louis DeJoy, in a statement posted online. .
“The NGDV program expands our ability to handle more package volumes and supports our shippers with cleaner and more efficient technologies, more amenities, and greater convenience and safety as they deliver every day on behalf of the American people,” continued DeJoy.
What you think? Are these vehicles exactly what you want in a futuristic design? Or are they hideous abominations that should be returned to the infernal abyss from which they came? It seems like there really isn’t a middle ground when it comes to people’s reaction online.