Ford and Walmart Launch Self-driving Delivery Service

Ford is pushing forward with its autonomous driving service, having recently expanded into the symbolic swamp of Washington DC. This week, though, Ford took its self-driving cars to a more literal swamp. The Everglades. Miami.

The blue oval company isn’t going it alone, however. For this latest venture, Ford will be partnering with Walmart and Postmates, who will use the company’s self-driving cars in a bid to gain some positive PR and, they hope, upstage rival PR stuntmasters delivery shopping service, Amazon.

This partnership doesn’t do much for me, personally– but I’m not much of a Ford buyer/Walmart shopper, so what do I know? Check out the official press release, below, then let me know what you think of Walmart’s automated delivery plan in the comments section at the bottom of the page.

 

    FORD, WALMART AND POSTMATES TEAM UP FOR SELF-DRIVING GOODS DELIVERY

    After surviving a tough day at work or managing the kids’ schedules, the thought of leaving the house again to run to the store can feel downright exhausting — especially if stores around you aren’t conveniently located.

    At Ford, we believe the advent of self-driving vehicles opens up the potential to ease some of life’s pain points and markedly expand affordable access to transportation and goods delivery. We’re already collaborating with both national and local companies to understand how we can improve goods delivery through the use of self-driving vehicles, working to transport tacos, floral arrangements, dry cleaning and a number of other items. Now, it’s time to explore how grocery delivery can help expand access to fresh food and other retail items for people all over the country, including in Miami-Dade County, where we’re currently putting our comprehensive self-driving business operations to the test.

    This is why we’re teaming up with Walmart. Through this collaboration, we are exploring how self-driving vehicles can deliver many everyday goods such as groceries, diapers, pet food and personal care items. Enabled by Postmates delivery as a service, we were able to quickly set up a pilot program that explores how our self-driving vehicles can complement Walmart’s existing delivery offerings.

 

Source | Images: Ford.

 

Jo Borrás

I've been in the auto industry 1997, and write for a number of blogs in the IM network. You can also find me on Twitter, at my Volvo fansite, or chasing my kids around Oak Park, IL.