Right now, pretty much all delivery trucks are driven by humans. The problem with this setup is that humans need rest, they can make mistakes, they can be delayed, and so on. All of this means that sometimes when you order something, it might not necessarily arrive in a timely manner.

For the most part, we’ve grown accustomed to these kinds of issues, but this isn’t to say that we cannot improve on it. Walmart is hoping to address such problems in the future as the company has announced that together with Gatik, they will be expanding on their driverless truck program in 2021.

Walmart isn’t exactly new to the driverless truck concept as they had previously tested it out in a limited capacity, but now they’ll be expanding on it by covering a slightly longer route. According to the company, “The operation will begin early next year on a 20-mile route between New Orleans and Metairie, Louisiana. This unlocks the opportunity for customers who live further away from our store in New Orleans to benefit from the convenience and ease of Walmart’s pickup service.”

Walmart is also not alone when it comes to testing autonomous delivery. We’ve already seen various companies use drones to help make last mile deliveries, so while this isn’t exactly new, it’s an interesting development all the same.

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