Ford and Walmart start autonomous-vehicle partnership
Ford and Walmart have started a joint pilot project to explore how they can use self-driving vehicles to deliver groceries and other consumer goods.
The project has begun in the Miami area, where Ford has set up operations for a business revolving around autonomous vehicles that executives expect to launch commercially in 2021.
Over the next several months, Ford and Walmart will join forces to understand each other's operations and identify which goods are best for automated delivery. They'll examine vehicle configurations or modifications needed to meet customer demands.
The one with Ford is not the first partnership based on the use of automated Walmart vehicles.
This year the company started working with Waymo at a pilot shop in the Phoenix area, to which customers are taken to recover their orders through one of Waymo's autonomous Chrysler Pacifica minivan.