Walmart Partners with Ford to Test AV Delivery Service
Sept. 20, 2021—Walmart on Wednesday announced it is partnering with Ford Motor Co. and Argo AI to launch a self-driving delivery service.
The delivery service will operate in Miami, Austin and Washington, D.C., according to Grocery Dive, and it will use Ford's self-driving test vehicles equipped with an Argo AI self-driving system.
"Argo and Ford are aggressively preparing for large-scale autonomous vehicle operations across a broad footprint of U.S. cities," Ford executive Scott Griffith said. "Pairing Walmart's retail and e-commerce leadership with Argo and Ford's self-driving operations across these multiple cities marks a significant step toward scaling a commercial goods delivery service that will ultimately power first-to-scale business efficiencies and enable a great consumer experience."
The service will be limited to a fairly close area around each store in each of the three testing markets, but Walmart officials said those delivery radii will expand over time.