Autonomous driving start-up Gatik has partnered with Canadian food and pharmacy retailer Loblaw to provide fully driverless commercial operations in Canada.

Gatik is using its multi-temperature autonomous box trucks to deliver select online grocery orders for Loblaw’s PC Express service as part of the partnership.

The trucks are transporting ambient, refrigerated and frozen goods from one of Loblaw’s distribution facilities to five nearby retail locations in the Greater Toronto Area.

Loblaw previously commissioned a third-party safety review of Gatik’s autonomous technology and approach for safe and secure operations on these routes, which took three months.

Gatik and Loblaw have completed more than 150,000 autonomous deliveries since 2020, with a 100% safety record.

The partners’ delivery in Canada is claimed to be the first time an autonomous trucking company has operated fully driverless trucks from a daily delivery route in the country.

Loblaw chief technology and analytics officer David Markwell said: “Working with Gatik, we’ve demonstrated that autonomous driving technology enables supply chain efficiency, moving more orders more frequently for our customers.

“Being the first in Canada with this technology and deploying a fully driverless solution is exciting and illustrates our commitment to making grocery shopping better for customers.”

Gatik co-founder and CEO Gautam Narang said: “This milestone marks the expansion of Gatik’s autonomous delivery service to Loblaw’s customers across multiple sites.

“Canada is the latest market in which we’ve launched our fully driverless service, further validating that the tangible benefits of autonomous delivery are being realised first in B2B short-haul logistics.

“It’s a privilege to achieve this commercial and technical landmark with Canada’s largest retailer.”

Founded in 2017, Gatik specialises in middle-mile deliveries for Fortune 500 retailers.

In November last year, the company partnered with Walmart to operate fully autonomous trucks for Walmart’s ‘complex’ urban route in Bentonville, Arkansas.