My grandma's vote for innovation of the year

UPS logoFor the past seven years, The New York Times Magazine has dedicated its December edition to “The Year in Ideas.” And this year, an idea won a place on the list that could have been invented by my Grandma Reyen.

Apparently, UPS has created some new software that maps routes for its drivers in order to eliminate left-hand turns from their delivery routes. From the article

“Last year, according to Heather Robinson, a U.P.S. spokeswoman, the software helped the company shave 28.5 million miles off its delivery routes, which has resulted in savings of roughly three million gallons of gas and has reduced CO2 emissions by 31,000 metric tons.”

This would have been my grandma’s favorite software EVER – she used to take elaborate measures to avoid particularly hairy left-hand turns.

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