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Posted on September 3, 2018 by  & 

Autonomous grocery delivery trial

AutoX' has launched a grocery delivery Pilot program in California. The grocery delivery and mobile store pilot in San Jose allows users to order and receive fresh produce and other goods, which will be delivered by AutoX's self-driving cars. Arriving in time for the autumn harvest season, this new amenity will be available to customers in geo-fenced areas near San Jose, with regular expansions every few weeks. For more information see the IDTechEx report on Last Mile Electric Vehicles 2018-2028.
After downloading the AutoX app, users can browse and order items including fresh perishables, vegetables, fruits, etc. The groceries will be well-preserved in a temperature-controlled environment throughout their driverless ride over.
In addition to their delivery capabilities, the AutoX self-driving vehicles are also equipped with mobile shop shelves in their backseat right windows. Enabling two shopping experiences with self-driving cars the COO of AutoX says "You can order goods from an app and get them delivered by a self-driving vehicle; or, our self-driving car brings a shelf of goods to you, and you can select and purchase onsite in front of your house."
When Dr Xiao (Professor X) founded AutoX, he had a mission for the company to democratize autonomy. His vision was to have self-driving car technology service people's daily lives. AutoX believes last mile delivery is likely going to be one of the first large-scale self-driving car applications. Specifically, last mile delivery for groceries and food will be more convenient and affordable when enabled by autonomous driving technology. The traditional way of grocery shopping is tedious so AutoX is bringing a new way of grocery shopping to free people to enjoy the best part — receiving the goods, and enjoying their purchases.
AutoX has developed a tremendous amount of technology in-house, such as high resolution camera-first sensing that enables safe detection of small objects such as kids and pets, and sees further up the road.
AutoX's launch partners in this exciting new chapter are GrubMarket and DeMartini. GrubMarket is based in San Francisco and connects larger brick and mortar stores like Whole Foods directly to farms. DeMartini is a locally-owned store in Los Altos, CA, specializing in farm-fresh produce.
GrubMarket CEO Mike Xu says, "We are thrilled to combine the fresh and affordable grocery experience of GrubMarket, with the ingenuity and delivery capabilities of AutoX. We look forward to providing our customers with even more convenient delivery options."
AutoX is actively looking for collaborations with retail, e-commerce, last-mile delivery, and logistics partners to join this journey. A smart scheduling and fleet management system is also being tested in this pilot.
Source and top image: AutoX
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