Gatik, an autonomous technology company deploying autonomous vehicles for B2B middle mile logistics, was recently awarded $997,706 in support through Ontario’s Autonomous Vehicle Innovation Network’s (AVIN) R&D Partnership Fund, along with $8,000,000 in industry contribution, to winterize its autonomous driving technology.
Gatik has major retail partners such as Walmart and Loblaw. In late 2020, it expanded its retailer presence into Canada with a partnership in the Greater Toronto Area with Loblaw.
Sam Saad, Head of Strategic Initiatives, said the company is customer focused and what it has been hearing from its grocery customers, particularly in Canada, is they want autonomous vehicles to be able to operate year round.
“The main part of what we’re doing is we’re working with the Ontario government and our customers to be able to develop made in Canada technology that allows autonomous vehicles to operate 365 days per year regardless of inclement weather,” said Saad.
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