Ocado trials self-driving delivery van

3 July 2017 - Janet Bird

ocaco self driving delivery vehicle

A self-driving delivery van is being trialled by online grocer Ocado in the race to develop the UK's first autonomous delivery system.

As other retailers experiment with drones, Ocado has enlisted the aid of Oxford based tech company Oxbotica to develop a fully autonomous vehicle.

The Guardian reported the self-driving van has been taking part in a 10 day trial in South-East London, delivering food to local Ocado customers.

The trial is part of an end-to-end online shopping technology package Ocado is developing called 'Smart Platform', which it hopes to sell to retailers trying to compete with internet giant Amazon.

The vehicles being used in the trial can carry up to eight boxes, but the system will require customers to leave their houses to collect their groceries from the van.

Ocado is aiming to have the new system ready to launch in 2019.

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