9/15, 1:57 PM (Source: TeleTrader)
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Walmart, Ford, Argo AI in autonomous delivery partnership

Walmart will test a new self-driving vehicle delivery program with Ford Motor and Argo AI, the companies announced on Wednesday. Ford Escape hybrids equipped with Argo AI technology will be used for deliveries in Austin, Miami and the District of Columbia.

Walmart's ordering platform will be connected to Argo's cloud-based infrastructure, routing orders and scheduling deliveries to shoppers' homes. Argo AI, an autonomous driving tech start-up, is jointly owned by Ford and Volkswagen.

Testing is scheduled to begin later this year. Walmart is already conducting autonomous delivery pilots with Gatik and General Motors-backed Cruise, as it seeks to make its e-commerce business more profitable.

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