A UK online supermarket has conducted what might be the first self-driving grocery delivery. Ocado, which has no physical stores and delivers food directly from its warehouses, is carrying out a 10-day trial of the technology on the streets of London. Deliveries are made using a mini self-driving truck developed by UK tech firm Oxbotica. Ocado is hoping to sell its setup to other retailers — including in the US.
"We see it as adding choice," Paul Clarke, CTO of Ocado's tech arm, Ocado Technologies, tells The Verge. "There are times when people will want their 50-item delivery brought to the kitchen table; times when they will order online and collect in store; and times when they're coming back from the airport at three in the morning and just want a few things delivered quickly." Situations like this are when Ocado thinks self-driving deliveries will come in handy.