Brought to you by the same company that plans on integrating driverless taxis onto Austin streets, Argo AI and Ford are partnering with Walmart to have groceries delivered via robotaxi right to your door.
Equipped with Argo AI's self-driving technology and groceries in tow, the partnership is set to debut in Austin from the East Ben White Boulevard Walmart; Miami and Washington D.C. sometime this year.
The announcement comes off the heels of Argo AI's partnership with Lyft, which will bring driverless taxis to passengers in 2022. Although Walmart has been working with autonomous vehicles since 2018, this new partnership will help meet pandemic-fueled demand and grow the delivery process, according to Walmart U.S. Senior Vice President of last-mile delivery Tom Ward.
"This collaboration will further our mission to get products to the homes of our customers with unparalleled speed and ease, and in turn, will continue to pave the way for autonomous delivery," Ward said in a release.
Initially, the process will start with small fleets of autonomous vehicles and expand delivery access over time. According to Ford's autonomous vehicles and mobility businesses CEO Scott Griffith, this is just the beginning of autonomous vehicles scaling across U.S. cities.
"Pairing Walmart's retail and e-commerce leadership with Argo and Ford's self-driving operations across these multiple cities marks a significant step toward scaling a commercial goods delivery service that will ultimately power first-to-scale business efficiencies and enable a great consumer experience," Griffith said in a release.
Austin has long been a hub for emerging AI technology—Waymo, an Alphabet Inc. subsidiary and Argo AI competitor, operated in Austin from 2015-2019. Waymo now operates autonomous vehicles out of Arizona. And delivery robots were seen this year when Refraction AI partnered with Southside Flying Pizza to deliver to Austin homes.
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There's lots choose from, and plenty of accessories like scarves and socks, plus gear for your dog, too.
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🗓 All weekend
Check out this highly anticipated art exhibition with illuminated art along Waller Creek. Tickets are free and the event includes food vendors, dazzling lights, live music, and hands-on activities
All weekend 6 p.m - 10 p.m | 📍Waterloo Park
This iconic holiday tradition lights up for the first time this holiday season starting this weekend! Reserve your spot for an enchanting light and sound performance, delicious hot cocoa, sweet treats, and some overall fun with your friends or family. The show runs till January 6th.
6 p.m and 9 p.m | 📍Mozart's Coffee Roasters - 3825 Lake Austin Blvd, Austin, TX 78703
This fitness event is free and open to the public. Get your morning started right with a "Fitness in the park" class for kickboxing! The class will be led by certified instructors and is a great way to get a cardio workout in while also honing your self-defense skills.
10 a.m - 11 a.m | 📍 Metz Park
Support local LBGTQ+ and female artists at this outdoor market with over 150 vendors. Get your holiday shopping out of the way at this event, with vendors for food trucks, handmade goods, raffles, hands on workshops and activities, and more.
Did someone say cheese?! If you're like me and always willing to get your hands on a bowl of mac and cheese, then this event is for you. Check out the Mac and Cheese festival happening this weekend to decide which vendor has. the best mac and cheese for yourself, and enjoy the bar with creative cocktails while you're at it. Tickets start at $45.
11 a.m - 3 p.m | 📍Lantana Place - 7415 Southwest Parkway