The Washington Post
Walmart, Ford plan driverless delivery
Walmart is teaming up with Ford and self-driving start-up Argo AI to launch a driverless delivery service in three U.S. cities.
Testing will begin in three cities later this year — Miami, Austin and Washington — Argo said Wednesday in a statement. Ford is providing Escape hybrids outfitted with Argo’s self-driving technology to deliver groceries and other merchandise in what’s billed as Walmart’s first multi-city selfdriving service.
Walmart, the world’s largest retailer and a logistics leader, has aggressively pursued the possibility of delivering its goods in robot rides. It also is testing driverless delivery with General Motors’s Cruise, Alphabet’s Waymo, autonomous delivery start-up Nuro and selfdriving delivery company Gatik. With a boom in online shopping driving demand, analysts say, autonomous delivery could become a $1 trillion business.