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Magna to Manufacture Thousands of Cartken Autonomous Robots for Last-Mile Deliveries

Using self-driving robots for last-mile deliveries is not a new trend, with more and more companies deploying these autonomous machines all over the world. Global mobility technology company, Magna International, and autonomous robotics company, Cartken, are embracing the movement, teaming up to develop a fleet of delivery robots.
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Canada-based Magna announced recently that it entered into an agreement with the San Francisco company, Cartken, and will manufacture the latter’s Model C autonomous robot. Thousands of such machines are expected to be produced as specified in the agreement, with the manufacturing process already kicking off in a Magna facility in Michigan. As stated by Magna, the production will ramp up over the next few months and additional robot models will be included, based on the same Cartken platform.

Explaining the company’s decision, Magna’s Executive Vice President, Matteo Del Sorbo, says they’re constantly looking for new opportunities in the new mobility ecosystem where they can use their capabilities to unlock new growth areas and business models. The collaboration with Cartken is a great example of what they’re trying to do, with Magna’s expertise in manufacturing complete vehicles helping companies solve last mile delivery challenges via sustainable, autonomous, and cost-effective solutions.

The Model C autonomous robot from Cartken is designed for both indoor and outdoor operation. It is equipped with multiple cameras and sensors, which help it avoid collisions, stop when necessary, and choose the routes with the fewest hazards. The robot also uses machine learning and SLAM (simultaneous localization and mapping)-based navigation algorithms. Cartken’s robots come with remote monitoring and a teleoperation system that allows for instantaneous human override if necessary.

Cartken’s robots are deployed globally for various applications in hotels, malls, warehouses, and more.

These are not the only autonomous delivery machines we’ve covered lately. Serve Robotics has also unveiled its next-gen delivery robots earlier this year, and we’ve also been introduced to Ottonomy’s Ottobots back in January, during the Consumer Electronics Show.

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