Congested, 5 December 2022 – Carrefour and Goggo Network are experimenting with a Mobile Drive service that employs fully autonomous delivery vehicles. It will operate on public roads in both heavy and normal traffic (15 km at up to 70 km/h) – a first for France. This shuttle will take to the streets on December 6 as part of the 5G Open Road project on the plateau de Saclay, the largest autonomous driving testing area in France. Christophe Béchu, the Minister for Ecological Transition and Regional Unity, Alexandre Bompard, CEO of the Carrefour Group, Eric Labaye, Chairman of the Paris Polytechnic Institute, and Yasmine Fage, co-founder of startup Goggo Network, inaugurated the service today.
Carrefour, the leader in home delivery in France, and Goggo Network, an autonomous logistics operator, are experimenting with autonomous delivery of Carrefour Drive orders to residents of the Plateau de Saclay. Students from the Institut Polytechnique de Paris are included. People have access to the Drive service even when they are far from retail areas because of this development.
This trial will allow for the extension of current delivery routes: the remaining final miles will become more accessible, and the costs and durations of transport routes will be optimized.
The concept is simple: customers submit their order on the Carrefour.fr website or via the mobile app, and then select an available delivery slot – either on the day in question or the day after – for their shopping to be delivered by autonomous shuttle. The customer’s order is then assembled in the automated Plessis-Paté warehouse, sent to the Carrefour Massy Drive location, and loaded onto the shuttle. The shuttle then independently travels to the Plateau de Saclay. When the vehicle reaches its destination, customers unlock their lockers using an SMS-sent code and retrieve their items. After all orders have been distributed, the shuttle returns to its starting point in Massy until the beginning of the next round.
The autonomous shuttle is designed to make a 15-kilometer loop from Carrefour (Massy) to the IP campus in Paris (in Palaiseau).
Goggo Network, an autonomous logistics operator that connects businesses to fleets of autonomous vehicles, entrusted French designer Milla Group and 5G connectivity from Bouygues Telecom to operate this service. This partnership is consistent with the 5G Open Road program, which is one of the largest open-road autonomous vehicle driving assistance programs in Europe.
Depending on customer feedback, the autonomous shuttle’s itinerary may be modified during the course of the trial.
As a digital retail company, we want to utilize digital technologies and innovation to design and test new services for our customers – services that increasingly meet their expectations, like this one for students and employees on the plateau de Saclay. Elodie Perthuisot, the Carrefour Group’s Executive Director of E-Commerce, Data, and Digital Transformation, stated that by joining forces with an innovative start-up company (Goggo Network), the Carrefour Group is demonstrating its dynamic approach to developing the logistics and retail services of the future.
The Carrefour Group’s confidence in us to co-develop the automated last-mile delivery services of the future is an honor. We will do everything possible to ensure that this initial test on the 5G Open Road leads to the collective deployment of these types of services on a national or international scale. This strategic alliance with a market leader in mass merchandising aligns perfectly with Goggo Network’s aspiration to develop automated logistics solutions for future growth. Goggo Network co-founder Yasmine Fage