This isn’t Walmart’s first driverless delivery alliance. It has also forged partnerships with companies like Ford and Udelv. GM’s Cruise is a major ally, though, and the all-electric nature of the pilot might be alluring for the eco-conscious.
The store chain has an incentive to move quickly. Amazon signalled its commitment to self-driving vehicles when it bought Zoox, and shops like CVS and Kroger are already experimenting with Nuro’s robotic couriers. Any widespread commercial use of autonomous delivery is still a long way off, but Walmart likely doesn’t want competitors to claim an early advantage.
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