Walmart taps Udelv for latest driverless car tests to deliver groceries
Walmart is expanding its tests of driverless cars as a way to get online grocery orders to shoppers’ homes more quickly.
The big-box retailer is now piloting a program to use Udelv autonomous-driving vans to deliver fresh groceries in Surprise, Arizona.
“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 Tuesday in a blog post.
Walmart has already announced other pilot programs with self-driving car companies, including Ford and Alphabet’s Waymo. The company plans to end this fiscal year with an online grocery delivery option in roughly 100 metropolitan areas, reaching more than 40 percent of U.S. households. For 2019, it plans to add that to another 800 stores….
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