Walmart and Waymo Shape the Future of Grocery Shopping with Self-Driving Cars

For Walmart customers, grocery shopping just became a whole lot more convenient. In partnership with Waymo, a self-driving car project created by Google, the multinational retail corporation is rolling out a transportation service that will utilize vehicles to self-drive shoppers to and from their local shopping trips.

white Waymo van in a city intersectionCurrently being tested in Chandler, AZ, the pilot is among a group of Waymo’s 400 daily users. As for the process: Walmart’s designated personal shoppers are following grocery lists created by customers online before fulfilling orders based on their designated pick-up schedules. The grocery store pickup is currently offered in 1,500 store locations, and the company has future plans to add hundreds of additional stores this year.

“While giving customers a unique experience with amazing technology, we’re learning how we can make Walmart Online Grocery Pickup even more convenient,” said Tom Ward, VP of digital operations for Walmart U.S., according to Chain Store Age. “Waymo’s experience, industry leading technology and mission on safety is helping us enter this space in the right way.”

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