Ford Motor and its autonomous driving subsidiary, Argo AI, have teamed up with Walmart to begin testing home delivery of groceries and other items by self-driving cars to three cities later this year.
The service will begin in Miami, Washington and Austin, Texas, and will be limited to specific areas but is intended to expand over time, Argo said in a statement. The service will begin operating with half a dozen vehicles equipped with Argo technology, although two trained test drivers will be in the car for safety reasons.rity.
"Our focus on Testing and developing autonomous driving technologies that work in urban areas with high customer demand really comes to life with this collaboration, ”said Bryan Salesky, Founder and CEO of Argo. “By working with Walmart and Ford in three markets, we are showing the potential of large-scale autonomous vehicle delivery services.
Ford and Argo, which also includes Volkswagen, as an investor and partner, also formed an alliance with Lyft to begin offering rides in autonomous cars. They aim to start service in Miami this year and expand to Austin next year. Argo has tested around 150 autonomous vehicles in six US cities.
Waymo, the autonomous driving company owned by Alphabet, the parent company of Google, has been testing a limited limousine service in Phoenix for several years.
Just a few years ago, automakers and tech companies expected what self-driving cars take off quickly, but have found the development of the technology more complex and difficult than they thought.
In 2019, Tesla CEO Elon Musk said his company will have a million autonomous taxis on the road by 2020. But he has yet to demonstrate vehicles that can be driven without humans behind. the ruffles.