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Grocery deliveries go driverless

(LONDON)

A major online supermarket has been involved in successful trials of a driverless grocery delivery service.

Ocado Technology (part of online supermarket Ocado) has been involved in road testing the CargoPod in Greenwich – as part of the TRL-led GATEway Project. Developed by Oxbotica, the CargoPod navigates via the company’s Selenium software system.

“Last mile delivery is a growing challenge as our cities become denser and more congested. In this new project we are working closely with Ocado Technology to deploy our Selenium autonomy system into a novel last-mile delivery application in Greenwich as a part of the GATEway project. This is truly a UK success story about CCAV and Innovate UK enabling a young British company to become established and to be able to demonstrate mature world-class technology capabilities within a real-life dense urban environment.”, Graeme Smith, CEO of Oxbotica

Ocado Technology is looking at the logistics of harnessing self-driving vehicles for last mile deliveries.

David Sharp, Head of 10x department at Ocado Technology, added: “Ocado Technology is delighted to have worked in partnership with the GATEway Project to a complete a very successful grocery delivery trial using driverless vehicles. We are always looking to come up with unique, innovative solutions to the real-world challenge of delivering groceries in densely-populated urban environments. This project is part of the on-going journey to be at the edge of what is practical and offer our Ocado Smart Platform customers new and exciting solutions for last mile deliveries.”

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