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First Self-Driving Delivery Truck Hits the Road

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Autonomous delivery truck

Credit: Credit: Karl Mondon/Bay Area News Group

by Ethan Baron, The Mercury News

A Bay Area tech company is claiming the world’s first delivery of goods by a self-driving car on public roads, after its electric cargo truck carried groceries from the posh Draeger’s grocery store in San Mateo to two nearby locations last month.

“We’re making history today by reinventing deliveries,” said Udelv CEO Daniel Laury.

Udelv plans to use its single automated vehicle — which requires a backup driver as per state law — to start regular deliveries to customers of the San Mateo Draeger’s store after mid-February. But the Burlingame company has higher ambitions: It hopes to have 1,500 of its vehicles on the road by 2021 and it wants to work with major firms involved in delivery such as store chains, Amazon and UPS, Laury said.

“This new machine is a revolution for retailers, shippers and delivery companies,” Laury said.

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