Asda customers ordering their shopping from a store in west London will have it delivered in a self-driving vehicle as part of a new trial. Goods ordered online from the Park Royal superstore will be delivered in an autonomous vehicle, although a staff member and safety driver will also be in the van. The year-long trial covers a catchment area of 72,000 households, making it what is believed to be the largest of its kind in the UK. Asda said the trial would help it understand how the technology “can assist our busy store operations”. The trial is taking place with autonomous vehicle start-up Wayve. Shop staff will load and unload the groceries at the customer’s home, but will be transported “from store to the door” in a self-driving vehicle along with a Wayve driver. Simon Gregg, senior vice president of eCommerce at Asda, said: “We believe autonomous technology is an exciting opportunity to shape the future of delivery, not only at our Park Royal store but throughout our nationwide operation. “Through our partnership with Wayve, we are trialling this technology to understand how it can assist our busy store operations.”
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