To date, most of the attention regarding autonomous vehicles has been has centred on driverless cars and buses, but now the London Borough of Hounslow is claiming to be first off the grid to trial autonomous electric delivery vehicles on its roads.
The vehicle, the Kar-go, has been designed by UK startup Academy of Robotics, and is on track to be the first custom-built autonomous delivery vehicle to travel on the country’s roads. Designed to offer a contact-free form of delivery, the company has chosen to make its first deliveries from pharmacies to care homes and will later introduce deliveries from a depot to work sites for Hounslow Highways, part of Eurovia UK, the holding company for businesses maintaining the road network across the UK.
Academy of Robotics designed and custom-built the Kar-go along with the software that controls and runs the vehicle and its integration with the command hub, and says its work enables secure remote monitoring and supervision of the vehicle.
The Kar-go drives itself to and from the sender’s and recipient’s addresses and will perform parcel hand-over autonomously using on-board robotics. As well as delivering prescriptions to care homes, Kar-go will deliver equipment to a Eurovia