Walmart “middle mile” autonomous van is here

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We recently wrote about an effort to automate frequent routes with autonomous road vehicles in Sweden where Volvo’s autonomous truck. We now have learnt that Walmart began a new pilot transporting customer orders between a Walmart warehouses and store-adjacent package pickup kiosks (more here Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.)

Autonomous vehicles (AVs) operating in the “middle mile” could cut logistics costs in half for these e-commerce orders. The retailer is using Ford vans to test self-driving technology from Gatik AI, a startup that came out of stealth mode recently as TechCrunch reported. The vehicles are ready to drive up to 200 miles per day in urban environments.

We believe on demand warehouses are integral part of the “middle mile” and “last mile” models. Read more here about Waredock features.

 

 

 

 

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