Walmart is testing new ways to deliver your milk, eggs and bread using self-driving vehicles.
The world's largest retailer said Tuesday it has teamed up with Nuro, a Mountain View, California-based autonomous vehicle startup, to pilot grocery deliveries in Houston. Nuro, founded in 2016, has already raised $1 billion in funding, according to Crunchbase. It has previously for pizza deliveries and Kroger for grocery deliveries.
This work continues Walmart's experiments with online orders and grocery deliveries, with the retailer also offering a service in which someone enters your home and puts your groceries. With tons of competition in the grocery industry and aggressively working to grow in this market, Walmart is likely trying to figure out the future of grocery sales before someone else does.
Amazon in October did away with its $14.99 monthly fee for itsprogram for Prime members, undercutting Walmart's new Delivery Unlimited service, which costs $12.95 a month.
But so far, most US customers are happy to still go to the store, with online grocery services accounting for just 3% of total sales, according to management consultancy Bain & Co. Walmart has seen more success with its curbside grocery pickup service, which it has expanded to 3,100 pickup locations.
Amazon has also been testing autonomous deliveries, including flying drones and. Meanwhile, the has also been bringing self-driving robots to US college campuses.