Walmart expands its driverless car delivery testing

Jan. 10, 2019

Surprise, Az., gets a nice surprise

Walmart is now piloting a program to use Udelv autonomous-driving vans to deliver fresh groceries to its customers in Surprise, Az.

“We want to make sure we stay on the cutting edge of grocery delivery by exploring what’s new and next,” Tom Ward, senior vice president of Walmart’s digital operations in the U.S., said earlier this week in a blog post.

Walmart has already announced other pilot programs with self-driving car companies, including Ford and Alphabet’s Waymo.

Walmart also launched a campaign that aired during the Golden Globes and showed famous cars—like the Scooby Doo mystery machine —pulling up to Walmart stores and using its online grocery pickup service, which is now available nationally.

Walmart’s head of e-commerce in the U.S., Marc Lore, recently said the retailer was focused on taking food delivery to the next level, in addition to its driverless car tests. He envisions a day when food will be delivered to shoppers’ refrigerators.

Source CNBC

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