London’s self-driving startup Wayve partners with parcel delivery firm DPD

Wayve and DPD Image credits: DPD

London-based pioneering deep learning for autonomous urban mobility startup Wayve works with the mission to reimagine autonomous mobility through embodied intelligence. In a recent development, it has announced the latest partnership with UK’s leading parcel delivery firm DPD. This follows the investment from Ocado and its partnership with Asda.

Fleet Data Collection Pilot

In partnership with DPD, Wayve announced a Fleet Data Collection Pilot. For the pilot program, data-collection devices have been deployed on 50 DPD vans in Greater London, which will enable Wayve to collect driving data from vans during their normal driving operations.

This pilot program will allow Wayve to collaborate closely with a last-mile delivery customer on fleet learning technology that will help large-scale operators enhance fleet safety.

“Real-world driving data is fundamental to building the core capabilities of Wayve’s technology and we have built industry-leading expertise in the collection and utilisation of fleet-scale data,” said Alex Kendall, Wayve CEO. “Working with DPD is an incredible opportunity to accelerate the collection of peta-byte scale datasets that expand our coverage in more areas of the UK and helps us improve the safety and driving intelligence of our technology.”

“DPD’s delivery fleet drove over 156 million miles in 2018, covering 96% of the U.K. road network on average, at least once a month. Working with Wayve, we plan to use this data to improve insurance claim handling for vehicles on the road,” said Max Glaisher, Sr. Product Manager, Innovation at DPD UK

“We are excited to collaborate with Wayve, an industry leader in AI and machine learning, as we continue to explore the use of cutting-edge technologies to support our Insurance and Risk teams,” said Andrew Morgan, Insurance & Risk Manager at DPD UK. “Through this pilot, we aim to learn how advanced vision-based technologies can be applied to enhance the safety of our fleet for drivers, and other road users.”

Safe, smart urban delivery solutions

Wayve has been developing its AI-driven autonomous mobility technology for the past four years, including on-road testing in multiple cities in the UK.

With this partnership, both companies are working together to explore how innovations in computer vision and machine learning can be applied to existing fleet and delivery operations to increase the safety of smart urban delivery solutions. It will give Wayve’s software access to over 95 percent of all roads in the country, accelerating the AI learning process and getting AV ready for commercial deployment.

Wayve’s lean, camera-first system, which works off of 4G connectivity, provides a 360-degree surround view of the vehicle with zero impact to the vehicle operator. DPD is leveraging its expertise in capturing, processing and managing driving data in a compliant and secure way.