Gatik LCL Fully Driverless Press Release 1

Gatik has launched its fully driverless commercial operations with Loblaw Companies Limited. Gatik 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, Loblaw and Gatik have transported more than 150,000 autonomous deliveries (with a safety driver on board), with a 100 per cent safety record. The fully driverless deployment represents the first time that an autonomous trucking company has removed the safety driver from a daily delivery route in Canada. Autonomous delivery enables Loblaw to operate more routes and make more frequent trips.

Following a third-party safety review commissioned by Loblaw, Gatik’s autonomous technology and approach for safe and secure operations was endorsed on these routes. This review took place over a three-month period that included assessment of end-to-end technology solutions, 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/incorrect sensor data, GPS jamming/spoofing, incorrect acceleration with objects in front, etc. This paved the way for Gatik’s 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, 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, Loblaw Companies Limited. “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.”

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