Goggo Network, a provider of autonomous vehicles (AVs) for last and middle-mile logistics, has announced a new partnership with Oxbotica, an AV software developer, to expand the use of AVs in logistics operations and deliveries across Europe.
Through the partnership, Oxbotica’s autonomous driving software will be introduced into Goggo’s middle- and last-mile deliveries as part of the company’s electric vehicle (EV) network, with target industries including FMCG, shipping, groceries and food delivery.
The first stage of the collaboration will see Goggo deploy Oxbotica’s autonomy software in Spain in middle-mile operations with key partners like Carrefour, Día and Telepizza. These trials will form the foundation for any future expansion across Europe, the company has said.
The pair hope to use autonomous deliveries to tackle key challenges facing current supply chains, such as driver shortages and the rising cost of fuel.
“Our partnership with Oxbotica centres around a shared commitment to realising the benefits of autonomous mobility today,” said Yasmine Fage, co-founder and COO at Goggo.
“Our collaboration will enable Goggo to provide an unparalleled experience for autonomous middle and last mile deliveries throughout Europe. We were impressed by Oxbotica’s system for autonomy and its outstanding safety standard, and we are excited to see how this collaboration can have a positive impact in the logistics industry, helping some of the critical challenges it faces today.”
Oxbotica claims its autonomous driving software is capable of driving both on- and off-road use, in various weather conditions, in low light and darkness and that it can adapt to any location. It uses artificial intelligence (AI) to sense and predict changes to the vehicle’s surroundings, while using learning from previous journeys to continually improve its system.
“We are thrilled to be working with Goggo to enable businesses in Europe to deploy autonomous vehicle technology sooner for safer and more efficient operations,” said Gavin Jackson, CEO at Oxbotica.
“We look forward to deploying our unique autonomy solution into their mobility network. From Goggo benefitting their fleets being driven by Oxbotica to our ground-breaking virtual testing environment and suite of cloud-based management tools – we can help Goggo get the most value from their autonomous fleets.”
Alongside Oxbotica’s self-driving software, Goggo will also make use of both Oxbotica’s fleet management system to operate its fleet of autonomous vehicles and Oxbotica’s MetaDriver, a suite of tools that uses generative AI and machine learning to validate the safety of autonomous vehicles in a virtual environment.
Oxbotica MetaDriver automatically generates a range of scenarios and is used to test and refine AV operations and behaviours without needing to test drive a vehicle.
Goggo plans to start operating with safety drivers to oversee its autonomous mobility network this year and, pending the validation of operations’ safety, hopes to then make the transition to full autonomy.