Surprise, It’s Another Autonomous Grocery Delivery Pilot

Walmart and Udelv are partnering in Arizona

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U.S. retail giant Walmart announced yet another autonomous grocery delivery pilot—this time it’s with last-mile vehicle company Udelv in Surprise, Arizona, which is just outside of Phoenix.

This particular pilot will include one of Udelv’s custom-built cargo vans, which the manufacturer says includes features like customizable cargo space for multiple orders.

In a blog post, Udelv said its second-generation autonomous delivery van, which it calls The Newton, can “improve lives and drive the future of ecommerce” because it cuts delivery costs, narrows delivery windows and makes more goods more accessible to more people.

Time will tell how this particular trial stacks up against Walmart’s other pilots—including Waymo in nearby Chandler, Arizona, and Ford in Miami, Florida.




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