Ocado invests in autonomous driving startup

Online supermarket and fulfilment tech company Ocado has entered into a strategic partnership with autonomous mobility startup Wayve.

Ocado’s £10 million investment is to support Wayve’s development of autonomous grocery delivery systems. They are to pilot integrating Wayve’s technology into Ocado’s delivery vans.

At the same time, a number of existing delivery vans are to have Wayve’s data collection devices to provide data for training and validating the Wayve technology.

The intent of the trial is to show Ocado how the tech startup’s technology can navigate congested streets and more complex manoeuvres involved in last-mile deliveries.

Ocado Group advanced technology chief Alex Harvey said: “Ocado is on a journey to develop highly intelligent autonomous mobility systems to further transform the operational economics, and proposition, of the Ocado Smart Platform (OSP) for our OSP retail partners.

“We’ve been impressed with Wayve’s approach to solving this most complex of challenges and are excited to accelerate our capabilities so that our retail partners globally can take advantage of them at the earliest opportunity.”

Wayve CEO Alex Kendall said: “I am incredibly excited to collaborate with Ocado Group and learn from their vast expertise.

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