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Gatik and Itochu partner on AV scaling, deployment

June 19, 2024
The autonomous technology developer is working with Itochu to grow Gatik's Freight-Only deployment in North America.

Itochu Corp. and Gatik have partnered to scale Gatik’s autonomous vehicle (AV) deployment in North America. The partnership is the next in a series Gatik plans to make to grow their Freight-Only deployment, which will address e-commerce demands, driver shortages, and rising operational costs, the company stated.

“This partnership is another example of the growing momentum and investment behind our technology and operations and a testament to the increasing demand for safe, reliable autonomous logistics,” said Philip Reinckens, Gatik’s senior vice president of Commercialization and Operations. “Together with our growing list of partners, we’re looking forward to continuing to transform the sector for the benefit of our Fortune 500 customers and their end consumers.”

Read more: Isuzu partners on EVs with Accelera, AVs with Gatik

Other recent partnerships for Gatik include its recent agreement with Isuzu in May 2024. In this agreement, Isuzu Motors Ltd. Invested $30 million in Gatik to launch a level 4 autonomous commercial vehicle business in 2027.

"Gatik's cutting-edge autonomous technology aligns perfectly with our goal to expand our downstream presence in the US automotive market and revolutionize logistics services,” said Atsushi Kuromi, general manager, Itochu Corporation. “With their demonstrated safety record and methodical approach to scaling, we see immense potential in Gatik's ability to further optimize middle mile delivery, address driver shortages, and ultimately create a more sustainable and efficient supply chain for the benefit of consumers.”

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