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Walmart, Cruise Launch Pilot to Deliver Orders via Self-Driving Cars

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Autonomous vehicle startup Cruise has partnered with Walmart to deliver orders from a Scottsdale, AZ, Walmart store to local customers' homes, starting early next year. General Motors-backed autonomous vehicle startup Cruise has announced a partnership with Walmart to deliver orders from a Scottsdale, AZ, Walmart store to local customers' homes, starting early next year. Customers will be able to place orders to the store and have them delivered in one of Cruise's electric self-driving Chevy Bolts. If the pilot goes well, a Cruise spokesperson said, the company will mull launching on-demand delivery with other retailers in the future. Walmart has forged driverless vehicle delivery partnerships with other automakers and startups.


Walmart will test self-driving delivery services with electric cars

Engadget

Walmart isn't about to let rivals like Amazon delve further into self-driving deliveries without offering a response. As CNBC reports, the retailer has teamed up with GM's Cruise for a self-driving delivery pilot due to start early 2021 in Scottsdale, Arizona. The project will have an autonomous EV fetch your local store orders. This will save you time and money while also helping to reduce Walmart's impact on the planet, the company said. It also suggested this was particularly helpful while the COVID-19 pandemic raged on, noting that it was a truly "contact-free" delivery option. It has also forged partnerships with companies like Ford and Udelv.


The first U.S. passenger cruise to Cuba in 50 years will happen in May

Mashable

Carnival Cruises announced Monday the first U.S. cruise to Cuba in decades will be on May 1, 2016. The cruise company had announced plans to schedule trips to Cuba last year, but has only just received permission from the Cuban government. "We will be the first cruise line from the U.S. in over half a century to sail to Cuba," Carnival Corporation CEO Arnold Donald said. "This is a historic opportunity, and we know there is pent-up demand amongst Americans who want to experience Cuba." In Cuba, the cruises will stop at three ports, in Havana, Cienfuegos and Santiago de Cuba.


Chocolate-themed cruise to set sail in 2020

FOX News

Did you know that all cruise line ships have morgues aboard? Or that people can actually purchase a retirement property on a cruise ship? Take a look at some other fun facts that you may not have known. Straight out of every chocoholic's dreams comes a new eight-day Mediterranean cruise dedicated entirely to chocolate. The Eurochocolate Cruise, the product of a collaboration between Italian line Costa Cruises and the Eurochocolate Festival, the world's largest international event dedicated to all things chocolate, which takes place annually in Perugia, Italy--Umbria's largest and most cosmopolitan city.


The rising tide of themed cruises

BBC News

Show-stopping rock band Kiss was always going to go the extra - nautical - mile. Not content with filling stadiums around the world, and selling more than 100 million records, the face-painted, fire-breathing US hard rockers also have their own navy. Every autumn Kiss hires a huge cruise liner to sail around the Caribbean for a week with 2,300 of its diehard fans. This year will be their sixth voyage, or Kiss Kruise VI. The band performs two shows on the ship, and fans get to meet and hang out with the four bandmates.