Launched 17 years ago, the British company, Ocado, has decided to launch the nation’s first self-driving groceries delivery service. The CargoPod, which is a small vehicle developed Oxbotica, will be tested for the next 10 days to deliver groceries from Ocado customers in Woolwich, south-east London. The company is planning to build a platform that will be competing against Amazon and Walmart in the future. The CargoPod will be able to only hold 8 boxes, and requires customers to leave their house to pick their shopping themselves unlike its normal vans which can carry up to 80 boxes and are staffed with drivers that leave the boxes to your door.
While some people might think that this will be quite an inconvenient, Ocado’s David Sharp, think that it might be a good idea. He also compared it with self-checkout at supermarkets: while they might not be absolutely convenient, it quicker, cheaper and has the ability to be scaled up quickly. For this 10 day trial, the CargoPod will be accompanied by two human supervisors, one from Oxbotica to ensure vehicle’s functionment and one from Ocado, who will be assisting customers on how to take their groceries. Customers will be notified when the CargoPod is leaving the warehouse and they will be able to take their groceries by pressing a button to unlock the box. Oxbotica and Ocado are hoping to put this technology to commercial use in 2019.
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Via: | Digital Trends |
Source: | Ocado Technology |
Image Credits: | Oxbotica |