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 is teaming up with autonomous vehicle startup Cruise for a pilot delivery program that uses self-driving cars to bring orders from stores to homes around Scottsdale, Arizona. Customers place an order from their local Walmart and it will be delivered, contact-free by one of Cruise's all-electric self-driving Chevy Bolts. The program is set to start in early 2021 and will use a number of vehicles that have have at least one safety driver behind the wheel during every trip. Walmart has recently made its way into delivery programs with self-driving vehicles in several US locations and has teamed up with a number of firms including Ford and Waymo. Little details has been provided about the pilot program, but Walmart shared that the GM-owned Cruise will help with finding new ways to'use technology to serve customers in the future.'
Ford Motor Co, Walmart Inc and delivery service Postmates Inc will collaborate to design a service for delivering groceries and other goods to Walmart customers that could someday use autonomous vehicles, the companies said on Wednesday. The project is the latest to grow out of Ford s broader effort to develop businesses that could use automated delivery vehicles. Ford was working with San Francisco-based Postmates already to develop delivery services that could employ automated vehicles. The Walmart pilot, which will take place in the Miami area, initially will use human-driven vehicles operated to simulate how a self-driving vehicle would behave, Ford said. Ford Motor Co, Walmart Inc and delivery service Postmates Inc will collaborate to design a service for delivering groceries and other goods to Walmart customers that could someday use autonomous vehicles, the companies said on Wednesday.
Walmar WMTt wants to learn whether robotic deliveries fit in with its retail operations so it's launching a pilot program with General Motors GM-backed Cruise using the tech startup's electric, self-driving to haul groceries and other goods to suburban Phoenix customers. The project starts sometime in early 2021 and will use battery-powered vehicles in Cruise's test fleet in Scottsdale, Arizona, Tom Ward, Walmart's senior vice president for customer product, said in a blog post Tuesday. Cruise has said the electricity used to charge up its self-driving fleet comes entirely from renewable resources, which helps the retailer's goal of curbing carbon emissions from its operations. "Customers can place an order from their local store and have it delivered, contact-free, via one of Cruise's all-electric self-driving cars," Ward said. "Technology that has the potential to not only save customers time and money but also be helpful to the planet is technology we want to learn more about."
Walmart is signaling its commitment to autonomous deliveries with a new investment in self-driving company Cruise. The two already have a cozy relationship, having recently worked together on a delivery pilot in Scottsdale, Arizona. Walmart was so impressed with Cruise's "differentiated business, unique tech and unmatched driverless testing" that it decided to take part in the GM subsidiary's $2.75 billion funding round. The investment will see Cruise become an important part of the retailer's "last mile delivery ecosystem" -- industry parlance for the final journey from warehouse to customer. Walmart has struck additional partnerships on driverless deliveries with companies including Google's Waymo, Ford and Udelv.