Wayve and DPD launch pilot fleet data collection program in UK



LONDON–(COMMERCIAL THREAD) – Wayve, the London-based pioneering deep learning company for autonomous urban mobility, today announced a pilot fleet data collection with DPD, the UK’s leading parcel delivery company. The companies are working together to explore how innovations in computer vision and machine learning can be applied to existing fleets and delivery operations to increase the safety of smart city delivery solutions.

“Real driving data is fundamental to developing the core capabilities of Wayve’s technology and we have developed leading expertise in the collection and use of fleet-wide data,” said Alex Kendall, CEO of Wayve. “Working with DPD is an incredible opportunity to accelerate the collection of petabyte scale datasets which extends our coverage to more parts of the UK and helps us improve the security and intelligence of driving our technology. ”

For the pilot program, data collection devices were deployed on 50 DPD vans in Greater London, which will allow Wayve to collect driving data from vans during their normal driving operations. Wayve’s lightweight system, featuring a camera, which operates from 4G connectivity, provides a 360-degree panoramic view of the vehicle with no impact to the driver of the vehicle. DPD leverages Wayve’s expertise in capturing, processing and managing driving data in a compliant and secure manner. “DPD’s delivery fleet traveled more than 156 million kilometers in 2018, covering 96% of the UK road network on average, at least once a month. Together with Wayve, we plan to use this data to improve the handling of insurance claims for vehicles on the road, ”said Max Glaisher, Senior Product Manager, Innovation at DPD UK.

“We are excited to partner 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 said Andrew Morgan, Head of Insurance and Risk at DPD UK. “Through this pilot project, we aim to learn how advanced vision-based technologies can be applied to improve the safety of our fleet for drivers and other road users. ”

Wayve has developed its AI-powered autonomous mobility technology over the past four years, including road tests in several cities across the UK. This pilot program will allow Wayve to work closely with a last mile delivery customer on fleet learning technology that will help large-scale operators improve fleet safety.

About Wayve

Wayve’s mission is to reinvent autonomous mobility through embodied intelligence. We are the first to deploy autonomous vehicles on public roads with end-to-end deep learning, pioneering AI software, lean hardware and the fleet learning platform for AV 2.0: one system new generation autonomous driving system that can adapt quickly and safely to new driving. domains all over the world. Founded in 2017, Wayve is made up of a global team of machine learning and robotics experts from top organizations around the world. Wayve has raised over $ 58 million and is backed by Eclipse Ventures, Balderton Capital and prominent technology leaders such as Sir Richard Branson, Rosemary Leith and Yann LeCun. The team is headquartered in London and its fleet of vehicles is testing in cities across the UK. Wayve aims to be the first to deploy autonomy in 100 cities. To learn more, visit www.wayve.ai.

About DPD

UK’s Favorite Parcel Delivery Group: DPD has been voted the top of MoneySavingExpert’s consumer satisfaction survey for parcel delivery companies for eight consecutive years. In April 2015, DPD received the Queen’s Award for Enterprise 2015 in the Innovation category, for its unique one-hour delivery service, Predict. In 2018, DPD opened the UK’s first fully electric parcel delivery depot in Westminster. DPD currently has 1,500 electric vehicles on the road in the UK and in October 2020 announced plans to deliver to 25 of the UK’s largest cities with zero and low emission delivery means by 2025. Details of all of DPD’s sustainable development initiatives can be found on its website dedicated to green: https://green.dpd.co.uk/ DPD is a member of the DPD group, one of the main parcel groups in Europe, 100% owned by La Poste in France, the second largest postal group in Europe.



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