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Magna International is one of the top contract manufacturers in the world, particularly in the world of automotive mobility.  

The company has produced over 3.7 million vehicles across thirty different models for 10 different OEM customers, including the likes of Ford, Rivian, and GM. This fall, Magna will begin production of Fisker Inc.’s flagship EV, the Ocean. 

As the entire automotive industry follows the route towards electrification, Magna has followed suit, developing everything from electrified power trains to battery enclosures and ADAS systems.  

Magna International describes itself as a 65-year-old start-up and didn’t become the largest contract manufacturer in North America by simply building cars for OEMs. Magna looks to help further new mobility by helping solve today’s challenges sustainably.  

This is a huge reason why an agreement to build autonomous delivery robots for Cartken makes a lot of sense. 

Magna International has announced its latest manufacturing collaboration, sharing insight into the decision to help scale Cartken’s autonomous delivery robot technology to help support a growing segment of sustainable last-mile delivery vehicles.  

Magna’s executive vice president and global lead for new mobility, Matteo Del Sorbo, said “We continue to identify opportunities in the new mobility ecosystem where we use our capabilities to unlock new growth areas and new business models.”  

“This collaboration with Cartken is a great example of that approach. Our ability to design, engineer and manufacture complete vehicles makes Magna an ideal partner for companies looking to solve last mile delivery challenges with sustainable, autonomous and cost-effective solutions.” 

Cartken’s Model C is a fully autonomous delivery robot, equipped with a remote monitoring and teleoperation system that allows for instant human override if needed. These robots can smoothly traverse indoor and outdoor situations and are equipped with multiple cameras, advanced machine learning, and simultaneous localization and mapping (SLAM)-based navigation algorithms.  

Under the current terms of the agreement, Cartken expects thousands of autonomous delivery robots to be manufactured once Magna’s production capacity ramps up in the coming months.  

Cartken’s current fleet of Model C autonomous delivery robots are already in commercial operation, serving various use cases in malls, hotels, universities, retail, and warehouses around the globe.