Ford Company on November 15, 2018 announced the beginning of cooperation in the field of supply of goods by autonomous vehicles. Walmart, one of the world's largest wholesale and retail chains, has become a partner in the company's project.
As part of the partnership, Ford is looking to explore how autonomous cars can be used to deliver everyday goods, from food to personal care products.
As of November 2018, Walmart already offers food delivery through various shipping services. This trend of the company is developing rapidly: it is planned that by the end of 2018 the possibility of delivery of an order from Walmart will be available at 800 supermarkets in the US 100 major cities.This is expected that by 2019 the number of Walmart stores offering shipping will double.
Like Ford, Walmart believes that autonomous cars will play an important role in the development of delivery service, and that their successful application is necessary, first of all, to learn how people want to use them in everyday life.
In the next two months, Ford intends to work closely with Walmart to determine which products can be delivered by independent cars, and to find out what the problems can hinder successful delivery with unmanned aircraft.
Orders at the supermarket will undoubtedly change in a wide range of products, and one of Ford's tasks will be to find the best layout of the space in the car and, if necessary, change the vehicles to accommodate different delivery scenarios that may include delivery of consumables or shipping to multiple addresses In one drive.
In 2021, Ford intends to introduce the design of an autonomous car designed specifically for commercial use.