Walmart begins delivering with autonomous vehicles
Walmart has been exploring a few pilot projects with self-driving car companies that include both customer delivery as well as transporting goods between our locations. Last week the company announced a new pilot with autonomous vehicle company Gatik.
In March, Arkansas passed legislation allowing for autonomous vehicles to operate in the state. With the help of Gatik, Walmart is looking to stay on the cutting edge of grocery pickup by testing an autonomous vehicle to move customer orders on a two-mile route in Bentonville between two of its stores. "We aim to learn more about the logistics of adding autonomous vehicles into our online grocery ecosystem, operation process changes and more opportunities to incorporate this emerging technology," said Tom Ward, senior vice president of digital operations for Walmart U.S.
"We know our customers are time-starved and need us now more than ever," said Ward. "That’s why we’re bringing the best of Walmart’s Grocery Pickup and Delivery to communities across the country. There’s no doubt customers love the convenience, so we’re testing new and innovative capabilities that will make us even better and shape the future of retail for everyone."