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11/23/2020 08:14 EST

Loblaw To Use Autonomous Trucks To Deliver Groceries In The Toronto Area

The test includes five vehicles operating up to seven days a week.

Rachel Verbin/The Canadian Press
People walk toward a Loblaws store in Toronto in 2018. The Canadian grocery chain has signed a multi-year agreement with technology company Gatik to test autonomous delivery vehicles in the Greater Toronto Area. 

TORONTO — Loblaw Companies Ltd. has signed a partnership deal with technology company Gatik to test autonomous delivery vehicles in Toronto starting in January.

Under the multi-year agreement, Gatik will transport goods from an automated picking facility to retail locations across the Greater Toronto Area.

The company will operate five vehicles for Loblaw up to seven days a week, 12 hours a day, on five routes with fixed pick-up and drop-off locations. 

Gatik will outfit the trucks with refrigeration units, lift gates and its autonomous self-driving software for urban, suburban and highway driving.

All vehicles will have a safety driver as a co-pilot.

The agreement follows a 10-month on-road pilot in Toronto, with one autonomous delivery vehicle.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published on Nov. 23, 2020.

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