Companies collaborate to provide multi-city autonomous delivery service
Ford, Argo AI and Walmart are working together to launch an autonomous last-mile vehicle delivery service to customers in Miami, Austin and Washington, DC.
Ford Motor Company, artificial intelligence specialist Argo AI and retailer Walmart are working together to launch a door-to-door autonomous vehicle delivery service in Miami, Austin (Texas) and Washington, DC. It marks Walmart’s first multi-city autonomous delivery collaboration in the US. The last mile delivery service will use Ford self-driving test vehicles equipped with the Argo AI Self-Driving System to deliver Walmart orders to customers. Scaling the service The collaboration brings together a self-driving technology provider with an automotive manufacturer able to integrate that technology with vehicles at scale, plus the world’s largest retailer. The commercial service will be available to Walmart customers within defined service areas of the three markets and will expand over time, with initial integration testing slated to begin later this year. As consumer expectations continue to shift to next-day or same-day delivery – especially in the urban core where there is a higher concentration of deliveries – this collaboration will drive key learnings in how autonomous technology can enhance customer experiences, while also optimising logistics and operations. “Our focus on the testing and development of self-driving technology that operates in urban areas where customer demand is high really comes to life with this collaboration,” said Bryan Salesky, founder and CEO, Argo AI. “Working together with Walmart and Ford across three markets, we’re showing the potential for autonomous vehicle delivery services at scale.” “Argo and Ford are aggressively preparing for large-scale autonomous vehicle operations across a broad footprint of US cities”
Argo’s cloud-based infrastructure, which is designed to work seamlessly and efficiently with partners’ business operations, will integrate with Walmart’s online ordering platform to route orders and schedule package deliveries to customers’ homes. “Argo and Ford are aggressively preparing for large-scale autonomous vehicle operations across a broad footprint of US cities,” said Scott Griffith, CEO, Ford Autonomous Vehicles & Mobility Businesses.
Source: Smart Cities World