Walmart has announced a pilot project with autonomous vehicle company, Gatik.
In March, the state of Arkansas passed legislation allowing for autonomous vehicles to operate in the state.
With the help of Gatik, Walmart says it is making sure it stays on the “cutting edge” of grocery pickup. The retailer will test an autonomous vehicle to move customer orders on a two-mile (3.2km) route between two of its stores in the city of Bentonville.
Walmart hopes to learn more about the logistics of adding autonomous vehicles into its online grocery ecosystem, operation process changes and more opportunities to incorporate this emerging technology.
“We’re always out to help our customers, and that means helping them save time and money,” reads a statement from Walmart. “So, we’re using our position of strength to reinvent the shopping experience to take us, and busy families, well into the future.”