Magna develops and pilots on-road delivery solution
by CM Staff
Magna launched its robot on a pilot basis with a pizza restaurant in the Detroit area back in March of 2022. It has since delivered hundreds of pizzas to locations near the restaurant.
AURORA — Magna has introduced a “last mile” delivery solution for urban environments, one that incorporates the company’s delivery software, light-weight and electric robotic technology, and low-speed autonomous driving system.
The company unveiled its latest creation at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Mich.
Magna says it developed the solution with the goal of lowering the costs and carbon emissions of last mile deliveries.
The company’s mobility team built a “full-stack” solution, leveraging hardware and software from its automotive products. Magna anticipates that its solution will enable retailers and other stakeholders to offer end-to-end last mile delivery across a range of potential business models.
The Magna launched its robot on a pilot basis with a pizza restaurant in the Detroit area back in March of 2022. Since then, it has delivered hundreds of pizzas to residential and commercial locations near the restaurant.
Magna says it is using data and consumer feedback to refine the service.
Magna’s robot can travel at speeds of up to 20 mph on public streets and the Magna-developed low-speed autonomous driving system uses cameras, radar, LIDAR and other hardware.
“Expanding into the growing world of new mobility is a key part of our ‘Go Forward’ strategy that takes Magna beyond its existing technical strength in automotive and vehicle systems, and into entirely new markets and business models,” stated Matteo Del Sorbo, executive vice president, Magna International and Global Lead for Magna New Mobility.