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Walmart with Ford test grocery delivery using Self Driving vehicles

Walmart is partnering with Ford to learn more about how it can take advantage of self-driving vehicles to deliver fresh groceries

Retail is changing at a rapid pace, and what’s “easy” in 2018 might feel old-fashioned in 2028. Walmart is committed to staying on the forefront of change to make getting groceries simple, quick and easy.

In fact, Walmart is already offering grocery delivery in nearly 100 metro areas and is continuing to innovate to find new ways to serve customers – better, faster, and easier

Taking a step further, the company is partnering with Ford to explore delivery with autonomous vehicle technology. The pilot program with Ford is taking place in Miami-Dade County. Through it, the company aims to learn more about how it can take advantage of self-driving vehicles to deliver fresh groceries – hand-picked by personal shoppers – to customers. In Miami, Postmates — an American logistics company –serves as the delivery partner and is already connected to Ford’s digital platform.

Both the companies agree autonomous vehicles have an important role to play and consider it the future of delivery. Before self-driving cars can go mainstream, there is a need to get a better sense of how people want to interact with them. Together, the companies will gather crucial data to learn the best way to bring items to customers.

The company also recently explored a small pilot project with Waymo, to start exploring how customers will want to use self-driving cars when it comes to their grocery shopping.

Source: Press Release

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