| | |

Gatik, Loblaw Companies Partner on Driverless Delivery in Canada


October 5, 2022

Gatik, which is developing autonomous middle mile logistics solutions, has announced the launch of a fully driverless commercial operation with Canada’s Loblaw Companies, a leading food and pharmacy retailer. Gatik said it is now moving select online grocery orders for Loblaw’s PC Express service with a fleet of multi-temperature autonomous box trucks.

Since January 2020, the two companies have transported more than 150,000 autonomous deliveries with a safety driver on board, with a 100% safety record. The fully driverless deployment now represents the first time an autonomous trucking company has removed the safety driver from a daily delivery route in Canada, Gatik said. This now enables Loblaw to operate more routes and make more frequent trips, establishing a supply chain that is safer, more resilient and more sustainable.

Gatik said an extensive, third-party safety review commissioned by Loblaw endorsed the routes for safe and secure operations. The review took place over a three-month period, and included assessment of end-to-end technology, development and deployment processes, standards and regulatory compliance, risk assessment and evaluation of control measures, as well as physical component, subsystem and vehicle-level testing. The assessment included sending degraded and incorrect sensor data, GPS jamming and spoofing, incorrect acceleration with objects in front, and other tests. Gatik said this paved the way for its fleet to transport ambient, refrigerated, and frozen goods seven days a week from a Loblaw distribution facility to five nearby retail locations in the greater Toronto area on fixed, repetitive and predictable routes.

“Working with Gatik, we’ve demonstrated that autonomous driving technology enables supply chain efficiency, moving more orders more frequently for our customers,” said David Markwell, chief technology and analytics officer at Loblaw Companies. “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.”

“This milestone marks the expansion of Gatik’s autonomous delivery service to Loblaw’s customers across multiple sites,” said Gautam Narang, CEO and co-founder of Gatik. “Canada is the latest market in which we’ve launched our fully driverless service, further validating that the tangible benefits of autonomous delivery are being realized first in B2B short-haul logistics. It’s a privilege to achieve this commercial and technical landmark with Canada’s largest retailer.”

Gatik said it focuses exclusively on facilitating frequent, point-to-point deliveries across the middle mile with its commercial-grade autonomous technology, purpose-built for B2B short-haul logistics, as opposed to long-haul trucking or last-mile delivery services. In 2021, the company removed the safety driver from a commercial delivery route on the middle mile, transporting goods for Walmart in Arkansas.

For more details on the company and its offerings, visit the Gatik website here.

Robotics World News

  • Raise Robotics Raises $2.2M in Seed Round Funding

    Raise Robotics Raises $2.2M in Seed Round Funding

    Raise Robotics, which develops robotic equipment for construction sites, has announced it raised $2.2 million in a pre-seed funding round (reported by Construction Dive). The company is currently providing fenestration and mass timber contractors with semi-autonomous equipment that completes bracket layout, installment and verification four times faster than standard methods. “Our mission at Raise is… Read More…

  • Scythe Robotics Raises $42M for Commercial Autonomous Mower

    Scythe Robotics Raises $42M for Commercial Autonomous Mower

    Colorado-based Scythe Robotics, which develops advanced commercial-grade autonomous systems for professional landscapers, has announced it raised $42 million in Series B funding. The company said it will use the funding to help meet demand for more than 7,500 reservations for its fully electric, fully autonomous M.52 mower. With the latest financing, Scythe Robotics has raised… Read More…

Products for Robots & Cobots

  • Celera Motion Introduces the World’s Smallest Servo Drives

    Celera Motion Introduces the World’s Smallest Servo Drives

    Celera Motion, a business unit of Novanta Inc., announced the launch of two of the world’s smallest servo drives, the Denali Series. Denali is the latest addition to Celera Motion’s line of premium-performance Ingenia servo drives. Denali offers hardware architecture as well as optimized power management, with a minimum standby power consumption of down to 1.2 W. The servo drives… Read More…

  • Heiland Electronics Introduces Mini I/O Connectors for Fast Speeds and Easy Field Installs

    Heiland Electronics Introduces Mini I/O Connectors for Fast Speeds and Easy Field Installs

    Heilind Electronics, a leading global distributor of electronic components and authorized distributor for TE Connectivity, offers the Mini I/O Cat6A connector as part of its full line of TE ethernet products. TE Industrial’s Mini I/O connectors eliminate the need for special tools to create a fast and secure wire-to-wire or wire-to-board connection. The mini I/O… Read More…