Toronto-based Gatik, a leader in autonomous middle-mile logistics, launched a fully driverless commercial operation with Loblaw Companies last month. Since January 2020, the two have made more than 150,000 autonomous deliveries with a safety driver on board with a 100% safety record. The new operation takes away the driver, “unlocking the true advantages of autonomous delivery for Loblaws customers,” according to the partners.
Gatik’s fleet of multi-temperature autonomous box trucks are currently transporting ambient, refrigerated and frozen goods from a Loblaw distribution facility to five nearby retail locations in the Greater Toronto area on fixed, repetitive, predictable routes seven days a week.
“Working with Gatik, we’ve demonstrated that autonomous driving technology enables supply chain efficiency, moving more orders more frequently for our customers,” says Loblaws chief technology and analytics officer David Markwell. “Being the first in Canada with this technology and deploying a fully driverless solution is exciting and illustrates our commitment to making grocery shopping better for customers.”