Ford Motor and its autonomous driving affiliate, Argo AI, have teamed up with Walmart to start testing the house supply of groceries and different gadgets by self-driving vehicles in three cities this yr.
The service will begin in Miami, Washington and Austin, Texas, and will probably be restricted to particular areas however is meant to develop over time, Argo stated in an announcement on Wednesday. The service will begin working with a half dozen automobiles outfitted with Argo’s know-how, though two educated check drivers will probably be within the automobile for security.
“Our focus on the testing and development of self-driving technology that operates in urban areas where customer demand is high really comes to life with this collaboration,” Argo’s founder and chief government, Bryan Salesky, stated. “Working together with Walmart and Ford across three markets, we’re showing the potential for autonomous vehicle delivery services at scale.”
Ford and Argo, which additionally counts Volkswagen as an investor and a accomplice, have additionally shaped an alliance with Lyft to start providing rides in self-driving vehicles. They intention to begin the service in Miami this yr and develop to Austin subsequent yr. Argo has been testing about 150 autonomous automobiles in six U.S. cities.
Waymo, the autonomous-driving firm owned by Google’s dad or mum, Alphabet, has been testing a restricted driverless ride-hailing service in Phoenix for a number of years.
Just a couple of years in the past, automakers and know-how corporations anticipated self-driving vehicles to take off rapidly, however discovered that growing the know-how was extra complicated and tough than they’d thought.
In 2019, Elon Musk, the chief government of Tesla, stated his firm would have a million self-driving taxis on the street by 2020. But it has but to reveal automobiles that may pilot themselves with out people behind steering wheels.