Self-driving start-up Agro AI, automaker Ford, and Walmart will launch an autonomous vehicle delivery service. Initial integration testing is expected to begin this year, the company said.
The move comes as consumer expectations shift to next day or same day delivery, particularly in urban cities with a higher concentration of deliveries.
The multicity service will allow Walmart customers to place online orders of groceries and other popular items for autonomous delivery to their house.
Agro’s cloud-based system will integrate with Walmart’s online ordering platform to route orders and schedule package deliveries. Ford’s self-driving test vehicles with Agro’s self-driving system will then deliver order to the clients.
Tom Ward, Senior VP of last mile delivery at Walmart in US, “This partnership will further our mission to get products to the homes of our clients with unparalleled pace”.
Walmart had previously partnered with General Motor’s cruise on a self-driving delivery pilot and with self-driving vehicle start-ups Gatik and Nuro to explore delivery through autonomous vehicles.