Testing of this delivery method will begin in the coming weeks.
Walmart will partner with General Motors to use their autonomous vehicles to carry out tests delivery of goods without need for a driver in Arizona.
The companies said that electric vehicles Chevrolet bolt will start to make deliveries in Scottsdale early next year. They will first have backup human drivers who will monitor cars and help drop packages at customers’ doors. But Ray Wert, unit spokesperson of GM Cruise autonomous vehicles, he said they will eventually move to fully autonomous deliveries.
Walmart said its customers will be able to place an order and it will be delivered by an autonomous Cruise vehicle. The retail giant It said it is one of its several pilot projects with autonomous vehicles designed to chart a new roadmap for retail sales.
The company said it started with a express delivery service in April and that currently has more than 2,800 stores that reach more than 65% of the homes in the United States.
Wert said that tests with Walmart will start on a small scale and will gradually grow to include more vehicles. He did not know how many Bolts would be used at the beginning.
Cruise said in October it would withdraw backup human drivers from their autonomous vehicles in San Francisco by the end of the year. At the moment it was not clear when Cruise will offer trips in autonomous vehicles.
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