Walmart is using self-driving cars to transport shoppers to their groceries

WaymoWalmart is using Waymo’s self-driving cars to transport shoppers to its stores.
  • Walmart is using Waymo‘s self-driving cars to transport shoppers to pick up their online grocery orders.
  • The service is being tested at a Walmart store in Chandler, Arizona.
  • “Our personal shoppers get to work meticulously picking customers’ orders based on their pickup times,” Tom Ward, Walmart’s vice president of e-commerce operations, wrote in a blog post. “Waymo does the rest!”

Walmart is using self-driving cars to transport shoppers to one of its stores.

The company is partnering with Google-owned Waymo for the new service, which is being tested at a store in Chandler, Arizona.

The service is specifically for shoppers who have purchased Walmart groceries online.

Here’s how it works, according to Tom Ward, Walmart’s vice president of e-commerce operations:

“Those in the pilot simply place an online grocery pickup order at walmart.com/grocery,” Ward wrote in a blog post posted online Wednesday. “Our personal shoppers get to work meticulously picking customers’ orders based on their pickup times. Waymo does the rest! They transport customers to and from pickup … all the while, those customers can text, nap, work… you name it!”

Walmart said it’s running the pilot to learn about how it can make grocery pickup more convenient.

“Waymo’s experience, industry leading technology and mission on safety is helping us enter this space in the right way,” Ward wrote. “We’re excited to see what this pilot and the future hold.”

For now, the service is only available to a group within Waymo’s 400 daily users known as “early riders.”

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