The retail giant has been innovating to give its customers better delivery options and a better shopping experience. To enhance its delivery, Walmart has now partnered with a self-driving car company, Cruise. Through this partnership, Walmart intends to pilot a contact-free self-driving delivery for its customers.
“You’ve seen us test drive with self-driving cars in the past, and we’re continuing to learn a lot about how they can shape the future of retail. We’re excited to add Cruise to our lineup of autonomous vehicle pilots as we continue to chart a whole new roadmap for retail,” wrote Tom Ward, SVP of Customer Product, Walmart U.S., on the company blog.
The pilot is set to begin early next year. It will help customers place an order from their local store and deliver it without any contact through Cruise’s all-electric self-driving cars. This delivery option will help save valuable time and money for Walmart customers.
Cruise’s self-driving cars are being tested in San Francisco and Phoenix. It already has some experience in providing grocery delivery services to residents in San Francisco. The company has the backing of SoftBank Group, Honda, and T. Rowe Price.