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Walmart to Test Self-Driving Cars for Grocery Pick-Up

Waymo, a Google company, says it will launch a pilot program with Walmart to allow customers to use its self-driving car service to pick up groceries at Walmart stores.

Waymo said in a blog post on Wednesday that the program, which will be tested in Phoenix, will help make shopping more convenient.

Customers will also receive savings on their groceries, but specific details weren’t provided.

In addition, Waymo is expanding existing partnerships with AutoNation and Avis Budget Group. AutoNation will now offer customers a Waymo, instead of a loaner car, when their personal vehicles are being serviced. Avis will soon provide Waymos to its Phoenix customers to help them pick up or drop off their rental cars.

A post on Walmart’s blog, Walmart Today, described how the program works:

“Those in the pilot simply place an Online Grocery Pickup order at Our personal shoppers get to work meticulously picking customers’ orders based on their pickup times. Waymo does the rest! They transport customers to and from pickup, and all the while, those customers can text, nap, work… you name it!”

Read: Walmart to Donate $2 Million to Minority Caucus Foundations.

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