Walmart will roll out driverless trucks in 2021
Starting in 2021, Walmart will begin fulfilling customer orders with new driverless trucks in its home state of Arkansas. The retail giant is expanding its pilot with autonomous vehicle company Gatik, which has logged 70,000 operational miles in “operational mode” (using a safety driver behind the wheel) since 2019. Starting next year, the driverless trucks will make the same two-mile route but this time, without a safety driver, between a “darkstore” where merchandise is stored and a Walmart Neighborhood Market in Bentonville. Walmart said the autonomous fleet with safety drivers will now expand to Louisiana to test out an even longer delivery route of 20 miles, Business Insider reports.