Ford announced that together Walmart and Argo AI it will lancer & agrave; a delivery service based on self-driving cars in Miami, Austin, Texas and Washington DC. The first tests are expected by the end of the year. It will be, more & ugrave; specifically, a service for last mile deliveries of products purchased from Walmart which will obviously use Ford vehicles equipped with the autonomous driving technology developed by Argo AI.
The service will allow & agrave; customers to place online orders for groceries and other sundries through Walmart's online platform. Argo AI's cloud-based infrastructure will be integrated with Walmart's, routing orders and scheduling the delivery of purchases to customers' homes. Initially, deliveries will take place in specific areas of cities but the goal is; to gradually expand the service.
The project aims to show the potential of delivery services through autonomous vehicles on a large scale in a market, that of online purchases, where the expectations of customers are increasing as they ask for fast deliveries. Logistics, therefore, is becoming an increasingly important aspect; important.
Just Walmart is carrying out several projects related to self-driving delivery services. For example, last April he announced an investment in Cruise. The multinational with Cruise already had; announced in 2020 a pilot project of home delivery based on self-driving vehicles in Scottsdale, Arizona.
This new project will allow & agrave; also to Argo AI to further experiment with Ford its autonomous driving platform in view of more objectives; ambitious . In fact, the two companies announced in July that they wanted to bring up to 1,000 self-driving vehicles onto the road within 5 years within Lyft's network to be used to offer ride-hailing services. We will leave from Miami.
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