Together, these sensors detect and visualise everything around the truck, including cars, pedestrians and lamp posts. The system works with Caesium, a cloud-based platform (also developed by Oxbotica) that can manage and coordinate fleets of autonomous vehicles. The company sells a "smart platform" which gives other companies access to its delivery infrastructure -- the technology behind its apps, its warehouses and delivery vehicles. So it's very important for us to keep innovating and to keep doing exciting technology projects, because that will give us a competitive advantage going forward."
Fire up an app, order some groceries, and get them delivered to your door. But in one part of London, that kind of delivery is currently being made by a self-driving van. The deliveries are made possible by a vehicle called CargoPod, which was developed by Oxbotica, an autonomous-vehicle spinoff of the University of Oxford, and makes use of the online grocery retailer Ocado's infrastructure. It's a small electric vehicle decked out with lidar sensors and stereo cameras, which uses Oxbotica's autonomy software to sense obstacles and navigate roads without human intervention. On the back of the vehicle are eight pods, each with a crate that can hold three bags of groceries.
They've become a familiar sight throughout the UK, nipping from house to house with vans packed full of groceries. But Ocado delivery drivers could potentially become a thing of the past, after the company completed successful trial deliveries using driverless vehicles in London's Greenwich. The online supermarket hopes the self-driving vans will improve safety and increase the speed at which orders can be met. It says the system could be ready for commercial launch nationwide by 2019. Residents of Greenwich had access to the country's first self-driving grocery delivery service powered by an electric CargoPod (pictured).
A British online grocery store is aiming to launch the nation's first driverless delivery service. Ocado, which launched 17 years ago and makes deliveries from a string of warehouses across the country, has just started testing its first self-driving "CargoPod" truck built by U.K. tech firm Oxbotica. The 10-day trial involves the diminutive delivery vehicle trundling around a small part of London, bringing ordered groceries to the doors of existing customers. Equipped with the usual array of sensors, lasers, and cameras seen on other self-driving vehicles, the electric CargoPod has a top speed of 25 mph and can carry a total weight for 128 kg. It's designed primarily for short journeys or last-mile deliveries in urban or residential areas, taking relatively small orders to customers rather than weekly or monthly supplies.
So much happened in the auto industry this month it can't fit in one column; I whittled it down to the things that interested me. There is a lot of variety by topic -- from Auto Shanghai to a new operating system to an interesting DARPA story to the European Union proposal for AI use regulation. These ten stories are summarized in the following table. Auto Shanghai Auto Shanghai is among the world's largest auto shows and is the first auto show to be held after the pandemic. The attendance is expected to reach about 1 million people and around 1,000 exhibitors.