Walmart is using self-driving trucks to make deliveries
Only in Arkansas for now
Walmart has started doing fully driverless truck deliveries in partnership with autonomous vehicle startup Gatik.
The Gatik trucks will be bringing grocery orders from a Walmart fulfillment center to a Walmart Neighbourhood Market grocery store in Bentonville, Arkansas, the city where Walmart is headquartered.
Gatik started driverless operations in August, and in December the Arkansas State Highway Commission granted approval for the companies to remove the human safety monitor.
“Through our work with Gatik, we’ve identified that autonomous box trucks offer an efficient, safe and sustainable solution for transporting goods on repeatable routes between our stores,” said Tom Ward, senior vice president of last-mile at Walmart U.S. “We’re thrilled to be working with Gatik to achieve this industry-first, driverless milestone in our home state of Arkansas and look forward to continuing to use this technology to serve Walmart customers with speed.”
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