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Autonomous Trucking Startup Gatik Is Ditching the Driver in Canada

Gatik will let the robots take control on a 7-mile delivery route it runs for grocery giant Loblaw, Canada’s largest retailer.

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San Francisco tourists, Phoenix suburbanites and now Canadian bacon — the list of driverless cargo keeps growing. 

Gatik AI Inc., a California-based autonomous driving startup focused on middle-mile deliveries, said today that it is taking the humans out of a 7-mile truck delivery route it runs for grocery giant Loblaw Companies Ltd., Canada’s largest retailer. Five-year-old Gatik has been operating driverless trucks in Arkansas for more than a year as part of a partnership with Walmart, but this is its first fully autonomous foray north of the border. The Canadian leg runs from a Loblaw fulfillment center northwest of downtown Toronto to one of the company’s nearby Real Canadian Superstores.