Waymo to offer Walmart shoppers robo-taxi transport

July 26, 2018 // By Rich Pell
Alphabet Inc.'s autonomous driving unit Waymo (Mountain View, CA) has announced new partnerships and test pilots, including the launch of a test pilot with retail giant Walmart (Bentonville, AR) to provide transport for shoppers to Walmart's stores in Phoenix, Arizona.

The program, says Waymo, will give members of its early rider program savings on groceries each week when they are ordered on Walmart.com. While orders are being prepared at the store, Waymo vehicles will transport riders to and from Walmart to collect their groceries.

In addition, says the company, a second pilot program with real estate company DDR Corp. will offer shoppers and diners rides in Waymo's self-driving vehicles to Ahwatukee Foothills Towne Center in Chandler.

"Riders spend a significant portion of time each week running errands and shopping," says Waymo. "That's why we're launching two pilots with Walmart and DDR Corp. - to make shopping more convenient."

The company also announced that it has teamed up with the Element Hotel in Chandler to give select VIP guests access to Waymo vehicles. These might include business travelers who need to commute to and from the office during their frequent stays.

"While these are Metro Phoenix-specific partnerships today," says the company, "these businesses are national and what we learn from these programs will give us a network of partners when we launch in new cities down the road."


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