Ford, Walmart and Postmates Team Up for Self-Driving Goods Delivery
Ford Motor Company is teaming up with Walmart to explore how self-driving vehicles can deliver many everyday goods such as groceries, diapers, pet food and personal care items in Miami-Dade county Florida. For this pilot program, Ford is working with Walmart and its existing delivery partner in Miami, Postmates, to use research vehicles, designed to simulate self-driving vehicles for Walmart’s existing delivery offerings. Over the next couple of months, Ford will be working closely with Walmart to understand its operations, identify what goods can feasibly transported, and pinpoint any issues that may need to be addressed to successfully deliver orders via self-driving vehicles. Ford and Walmart have already completed more than 1,000 deliveries as part of the initial phases of building up the self-driving business. Ford says that they are confident that working with Walmart will strengthen their effort to successfully deploy self-driving vehicles in a way that people actually want to experience – whether they’re ordering takeout, groceries or anything else they might need.