France: Carrefour Deploys Autonomous Delivery Vehicles in Plateau de Saclay

Carrefour and Goggo Network are trialling the use of autonomous delivery vehicles in the Plateau de Saclay, France.

The Mobile Drive service will operate on public roads in all traffic conditions, completing a 15-kilometre route at up to 70 kilometres per hour. This is the first time that level 4 automation has operated under these conditions in France.

With this service, home delivery provider, Carrefour and autonomous logistics operator, Goggo Network will deliver to people in the Plateau de Saclay area, such as students at the Paris Institut Polytechnique, who live a long way from retail areas.

Carrefour autonomous shuttle
The autonomous shuttle is configured to make a 15km rotation – a return trip from Carrefour (Massy) to the Paris IP campus (in Palaiseau)

This trial will make it possible to extend current delivery routes while optimising the times and costs of transport rounds.

Elodie Perthuisot, the Carrefour Group's Executive Director of E-Commerce, Data and Digital Transformation said;

“As a digital retail company, we want to leverage digital technologies and innovation to design and test new services for our customers – services which increasingly meet their expectations, such as this one for students and employees on the Plateau de Saclay. By joining forces with an innovative start-up company, we are showing just how dynamic the Carrefour Group is when it comes to developing the logistics and retail services of the future.”

To use this service, customers can submit orders on the Carrefour.fr website or mobile app and choose an available delivery slot. The order is then put together at the automated Plessis-Pâté warehouse, dispatched to the Carrefour Massy Drive, and loaded on to the autonomous shuttle.

The shuttle then travels autonomously to Plateau de Saclay, and the customers are provided with a code to unlock their locker and retrieve their shopping. Once all orders have been distributed, the shuttle will return to its starting point in Massy.

This system operates using 5G connectivity provided by Bouygues Telecom in line with the 5G Open Road programme.

Yasmine Fage, Co-founder of Goggo Network said:

“We are honoured by the trust that the Carrefour Group has placed in us to co-develop the automated last-mile delivery services of the future. We will do everything possible so that this initial test on the 5G Open Road results in our collectively deploying these types of services nationally, or even internationally. This strategic partnership with a leading mass merchandising player is completely in line with Goggo Network’s desire to design the automated logistics solutions for future.”

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