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Marubeni invests in U.S. start-up developing self-driving delivery services

  • December 13, 2018
  • , NIKKEI Business Daily , p. 15
  • JMH Translation

Marubeni Corporation has announced it has invested in a U.S. start-up developing autonomous driving technology. The start-up is reportedly conducting verification tests of technology that accepts orders to deliver retail purchases and then delivers the items to the customer by a self-driving vehicle. Through the investment, Marubeni aims to enhance logistics efficiency and proper management of commercial vehicles. It will jointly conduct [next-stage] verification tests with the start-up.


On Dec. 3, Marubeni invested in udelv (California), a start-up that is conducting verification tests on its autonomous delivery services. The amount of investment has not been announced. The start-up has set out to make at least 1,000 test-run autonomous deliveries from retail businesses to customers using public roads in San Francisco. Currently the self-driving delivery services test-runs are being done with a person riding in the vehicle, but the company anticipates running unstaffed tests within a few years.


In collaboration with udelv, Marubeni will start verification tests for auto parts deliveries in Texas in 2019. Marubeni will jointly conduct the verification tests because it has a vehicle-servicing subsidiary in that state.

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