For a Walmart customer who has just started using grocery pickup, it might seem like shopping can't get much easier - just order online, pull up to a parking space, and wait for an associate to load the items. Easy. For more information see the IDTechEx revert on Electric Vehicles and Autonomous Vehicles in Mining 2018-2028.
Retail is changing at a rapid pace, and what's "easy" in 2018 might feel old-fashioned in 2028. In fact, Walmart is already offering grocery delivery in nearly 100 metro areas and is continuing to innovate to find new ways to serve customers.
That's why Walmart is partnering with Ford to explore delivery with autonomous vehicle technology. Walmart are running to trial to explore what is next in grocery delivery. Walmart recently conducted a small pilot project with Waymo, to start exploring how customers will want to use self-driving cars when it comes to their grocery shopping.
The pilot program with Ford is taking place in Miami-Dade County. Through it, Walmart aims to learn more about how we can take advantage of self-driving vehicles to deliver fresh groceries - hand-picked by personal shoppers - to customers. In Miami, Postmates serves as Walmart's delivery partner and is already connected to Ford's digital platform.
Walmart and Ford agree autonomous vehicles have an important role to play in the future of delivery. Before self-driving cars can go mainstream, Walmart wants to get a better sense of how people want to interact with them.
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