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Walmart, Ford plan driverless delivery

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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.

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