Plenty of deliveries come and go these days without seeing a physical driver. Walmart plans to send out its goods to your door without a driver in the first place.
Walmart (WMT) - Get Report on Tuesday said it will expand its self-driving vehicle effort with partner Gatik for deliveries between Walmart properties in Arkansas, its home state, taking it a step closer to the futuristic goal of getting goods from warehouses to stores to front doors with little human interaction.
Walmart said it will expand its pilot program with Gatik's autonomous box trucks, already underway for more than a year, to operate a two-mile route between a distribution center and a Walmart store in Bentonville, Ark.
Taking humans out of the equation is an expansion of Walmart's initial pilot program with Gatik launched last July, when Gatik's multi-temperature Autonomous Box Trucks operated the same two-mile route, but with a driver on board.
Walmart also said it would test the technology on longer delivery routes by expanding the pilot program with Gatik to Louisiana, where it will focus on delivering customer orders to a designated pickup location. Those tests will come next year, with a safety driver at first.