UK’s First Autonomous Delivery Van To Be Trialled Locally

The Kar-go will initially carry prescriptions from pharmacies to care homes

The Kargo which is to go on trial locally

The first trials of an autonomous electric delivery vehicle is to take place on local roads.

The Kar-go, designed by British start-up, Academy of Robotics, has been designed to offer a contact-free form of delivery.

Initially the company has chosen to make its deliveries from pharmacies to care homes and will later introduce deliveries from a depot to work sites for Hounslow Highways, which is part of Eurovia UK.

The Academy of Robotics designed and custom-built the Kar-go along with the software which controls and runs the vehicle and its integration with the Command Hub, enabling secure remote monitoring and supervision of the vehicle.

The Kar-go will be driving itself to and from the sender and recipient’s address and will perform parcel hand-over autonomously using on-board robotics.

The company says that the rollout of this technology presents a green alternative to diesel delivery vans, enabling logistics companies and retailers to keep delivery costs down, whilst providing the convenience of on-demand delivery.

In addition to delivering prescriptions to care homes, Kar-go will also be delivering equipment to a Eurovia UK works site when lockdown measures ease. Eurovia will further be exploring the potential to use Kar-go’s vision system for the early detection of faults in the road.


Yogesh Patel, Innovation Director for Eurovia UK said, “We are delighted to be supporting this trial, by providing an opportunity to work in a live carriageway environment. Our teams deliver highway maintenance and improvement schemes up and down the country, so we know highways. This partnership is about marrying our expertise on the highway, with Academy of Robotics’ expertise in AI, design and entrepreneurial skills. We both bring something important to the trial, which could, ultimately revolutionise last-mile deliveries and enable us to re-think highways.”

Councillor Hanif Khan, Cabinet Member for Transport at Hounslow Council said, “We couldn’t be happier that Hounslow is to be the location for this ground-breaking trial. Harnessing technology and robotics to develop efficient, cost effective and environmentally friendly solutions such as the Kar-go delivery vehicle is a great step forward.

“We are keen to support innovative technology, as part of our green recovery, supporting industry and making a meaningful contribution towards tackling our climate emergency. We applaud our partners Eurovia for this innovative partnership with Academy of Robotics which I am sure will go from strength to strength and deliver great benefits for our borough.”

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November 11, 2020