Goggo Network has announced a new partnership with Oxbotica, the autonomous vehicle software developer, through which the firms will jointly conduct a series of autonomous delivery operations in Europe.

The partnership will introduce Oxbotica’s autonomous driving system into Goggo’s middle- and last-mile delivery operations in its key industries, including FMCG, shipping, groceries, and food delivery. The combined system will be deployed on-road as part of Goggo’s EV network. Oxbotica confirmed that the vehicles selected for the partnership will have a maximum payload capacity of 1,500 kg (3306 lb.).

In the first stage of the collaboration, Goggo will deploy Oxbotica’s autonomy software in Spain, exploring its benefits for middle mile delivery in its operations with key partners – including Carrefour, Día and Telepizza. If these tests prove successful, Goggo will look to include Oxbotica’s technology within its wider mobility network, operating in many European cities.

Oxbotica’s autonomous driving software is capable of driving both on and off road, in various weather conditions, low light and darkness, and can adapt to various locations. It uses advanced AI to accurately sense and predict changes to the vehicle’s surrounding environment, while also learning from previous journeys. In implementing this technology into its operations, Oxbotica is hoping to address current challenges facing the European delivery sector – such as high fuel costs and driver shortages.

Beyond Oxbotica’s self-driving software, the partnership will also provide Goggo with Oxbotica’s fleet management system – through which it will aim to safely, and effectively, operate its AV fleet while optimizing performance. Goggo will also utilize Oxbotica MetaDriver – a suite of tools that use AI and machine learning to validate, verify, and ensure the safety of AVs in a virtual environment. It can automatically generate a variety of scenarios to test and refine AV operations and behaviors, accelerating the safe deployment of AVs in Goggo’s network.

Goggo plans to begin implementing safety drivers to oversee its entire Autonomous Mobility Network in 2023. Once the respective safety validations have been completed and regulatory clearance obtained, the company will then begin making its transition to full autonomy.