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Walmart Using Fully Driverless Trucks to Ramp Up Online Grocery Business


A Gatik self-driving delivery vehicle, making deliveries for Walmart.

Taking the driver out is the holy grail of this technology. Gatik CEO Gautam Narang told CNBC.

Credit: Gatik

Walmart, the world’s largest retailer, is using fully driverless trucks for its online grocery business, with two autonomous box trucks operating without a safety driver on a seven-mile loop 12 hours a day since August.

The trucks, developed by Silicon Valley startup Gatik, are loaded with online orders from a Walmart fulfillment center or "dark store," then transferred to a Walmart Neighborhood Market grocery in Bentonville, AR.

Gatik's Gautam Narang said, "Taking the driver out is the holy grail of this technology."

He said the technology is designed to cover repeated trips from fulfillment centers to pickup points, while Gatik's vehicles can lower logistics costs for a grocery business by up to 30%.

From CNBC
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