DPD has worked with North Northamptonshire Council on the initiative in Raunds.
Cllr Graham Lawman, North Northamptonshire Council’s Executive Member for Highways, Travel and Assets, says: “We are delighted that DPD is introducing delivery robots in Raunds.”
“The council is committed to the environment and supporting clean and green alternatives to traditional forms of transport to reduce emissions. It is great to be able to help bring this innovation to North Northamptonshire.”
Tim Jones, Director of Marketing, Communications & Sustainability DPDgroup UK, comments: “The trial in Milton Keynes has been a huge success for us. The robots have exceeded our expectations, and the feedback has been fantastic.”
“We can see people’s reactions when they meet them, and it is overwhelmingly positive. We set out to understand the role that delivery robots could play in certain locations in the UK and the trial has helped us identify more sites where we could deploy the robots successfully.
“Our aim is to be the UK’s most sustainable delivery company and that means investing in innovations and trying new things. “
“We are well on our way to decarbonising our van fleet with EVs and we are also making a big step forward by switching our HGVs to renewable biofuel, but we are also interested in brand new solutions that can help us transition to a smarter, more sustainable future.”
Cartken Co-Founder and COO, Anjali Jindal Naik, says: “Autonomous mobility will be a key lever for decarbonisation, as it transforms last mile transportation into a much greener process.”
“By partnering with delivery companies, such as DPD, we’re propelling this transformation forward, making sustainable delivery the norm, rather than a nice to have.
“2023 has been a year of tremendous growth for Cartken and we’re only in Q2. Developing our partnership with DPD is a critical step in expanding our presence globally, beginning with the UK, while also being at the forefront of sustainable last-mile delivery by cutting down on C02 emissions.”