SALT LAKE CITY — Walmart is taking grocery pickup to the next level.
The world’s largest retailer will team with Waymo, a former Google self-driving car project, to launch a new pilot program that will allow customers to pick up their groceries from Walmart using a self-driving car, according to NPR .
Participants will ride in a driverless shuttle car to and from Walmart, where a Walmart employee will bring the customers the groceries they picked out on Walmart.com before they visited the store.
The rides will come at no additional cost.
“Since the pilot is part of our Grocery Pickup program, personal shoppers pick customers’ orders and bring them right out to the car … in this case a Waymo self-driving car,” Molly Blakeman, a Walmart spokesperson, told NPR.
The program will be available in Chandler, Arizona, for select customers, according to CNNMoney .Waymo will use its self-driving Chrysler Pacifica van.Tom Ward, the vice president of e-commerce operations at Walmart, said in a blog post that the project will help Walmart learn about how to integrate new technology into shopping.”The purpose of all of this: to learn,” Ward said. “While giving customers a unique experience with amazing technology, we’re learning how we can […]