Argo AI, an autonomous vehicle technology platform company, Ford Motor Co. and Walmart have teamed up to launch an autonomous vehicle delivery service in three cities.
The service will deliver Walmart orders to customers in Austin, Texas, Miami and Washington, DC, using Ford autonomous test vehicles equipped with the Argo AI self-driving system.
“Argo and Ford are actively preparing for large-scale autonomous vehicle operations in a large footprint of US cities,” said Scott Griffith, CEO of Ford Autonomous Vehicles and Mobility Businesses. “Pairing Walmart’s leadership in retail and e-commerce with Argo and Ford’s self-driving operations in these multiple cities marks an important step towards scaling up a freight delivery service. that will ultimately enable world-class business efficiencies and deliver exceptional customer experiences. “
Customers will be able to order items online and benefit from self-sufficient door-to-door delivery right to their homes. Argo’s cloud-based infrastructure will integrate with Walmart’s online ordering platform to route orders and schedule package deliveries.
Integration tests should start before the end of the year. The service will initially only be available to customers in defined service areas across all three markets, but there are plans to expand it eventually.
The test will be used to discover how autonomous technology can improve the customer experience, while optimizing logistics and operations.