Marco’s Pizza and Tier 1 automotive supplier Magna have announced they will explore new mobility solutions in last-mile food delivery.

The two firms have signed a memorandum of understanding that will test last-mile delivery platform options, including autonomous options.

Magna and Marco’s will discuss proof-of-concept followed by beginning in-market pilot projects with participating franchisees.

Rick Stanbridge, Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer for Marco’s Pizza said: “As one of the largest pizza brands, we invest in innovations that drive our franchisees’ businesses forward while meeting the needs of today’s modern customer. Our strategic collaboration with Magna exemplifies this forward-thinking approach, and we plan to leverage their expertise to amplify our operations and elevate customer satisfaction.”

Matteo Del Sorbo, Executive Vice President at Magna and Global Lead for Magna New Mobility said: “As we look at how people and goods will move in the future, we are continuously identifying new applications and technologies to match the needs of the expanded mobility landscape, the last-mile delivery market being one of them.”

The pilot projects will take place in certain locations throughout North America. The autonomous, electric on-road delivery vehicle can drive up to 20mph.

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