Dec 5, 2018,  by Allianz Partners Business Insights

Autonomous cars: Ford and Walmart team up to deliver shopping

Ford has joined forces with US retail giant Walmart and delivery specialist Postmates to offer a grocery delivery service using self-driving cars. An initial two-month trial has been announced.

American carmaker Ford is moving into the delivery of goods and groceries with self-driving cars, as reported by LesNumériques.com. The company has teamed up with retail giant Walmart and delivery specialists Postmates.

Ford has previously linked up with Domino’s to deliver pizzas in partnership with Postmates. Its aim now is to deliver “everyday goods such as groceries, diapers, pet food and personal care items” supplied by Walmart.

 

Two-month pilot scheme

 

The test phase is expected to last two months. The car manufacturer is hoping to better target consumer expectations and identify which products can be delivered in this way. “Orders from a supermarket will tend to be larger and more varied than orders from a restaurant or dry cleaner,” said the three partners.

There are a number of technical issues that will have to be addressed, such as the need to keep perishable food items fresh. As LesNumériques.com reports, this new service could see Ford become a serious challenger to Amazon. Having already embarked on drone deliveries, will Amazon hit back with a move into the self-driving car market?

 

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