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Walmart and Cruise LLC are starting a pilot program early next year for customers to have their groceries delivered by one of Cruise’s all-electric self-driving cars. 

The pilot, which will start in Scottsdale, Arizona, is beginning after Walmart saw an increase in delivery services usage during the pandemic. The major retailer launched its Express Delivery in April, and it's now offered in more than 2,800 stores. Experts have said autonomous companies are likely to put more of a focus on delivery of goods rather than people after the pandemic forced people into social distancing.

Walmart announced Tuesday that the company has joined forces with self-driving car company Cruise to test out autonomous grocery delivery in Arizona.

"We may be growing delivery options today, but we’re still experimenting with new ways we can use technology to serve customers in the future," Tom Ward, Walmart's senior vice president of customer product, wrote in the blog post. 


Walmart's latest test program allows the retailer to further tap into the on-demand food delivery market, a service that has surged since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic. It also gives the company the ability to effectively compete with rival Amazon as they race to increase their market share in one of the fastest-growing e-commerce sectors.

First Step for the vision Of Walmart's 2040

Cruise, which is largely owned by General Motors Co. and other companies, has a fleet of all-electric vehicles powered with 100% renewable energy, supporting Walmart's zero missions by 2040 goal, Ward noted.



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