In the U.S, Walmart has announced a new grocery delivery pilot with the autonomous vehicle company, Gatik.
Earlier this year, Arkansas passed legislation allowing for autonomous vehicles to operate in the state. As an end result, Walmart and Gatik will test an autonomous vehicle that moves on a two-mile route between two stores.
In a blog, Tom Ward, Senior Vice President, Digital Operations, Walmart U.S. writes: ‘We aim to learn more about the logistics of adding autonomous vehicles into our online grocery ecosystem, operation process changes and more opportunities to incorporate this emerging technology’.
He adds: ‘We’re always out to help our customers, and that means helping them save time and money. So, we’re using our position of strength to reinvent the shopping experience to take us, and busy families, well into the future’.
Earlier this year Gatik announced a $4.5 million seed round led by Innovation Endeavors. Other investors included Trucks Venture Capital; Dynamo Venture Capital; Fontinalis Partners and AngelPad.