Ford, Walmart to Work on Self-Driving Delivery Vehicles
The American companies Ford and Walmart will soon begin working together to design a delivery service that uses self-driving vehicles.
The project grew out of the car company Ford's efforts to develop businesses that could use self-driving delivery vehicles. Ford has already been working with the delivery company Postmates to develop the service.
Ford said its new project with Walmart will take place in and around Miami, Florida. The project will deliver goods ordered at Walmart stores through Postmates.
It will begin with human-driven vehicles to see how a self-driving vehicle would behave. Ford has said it expects to launch wider production of self-driving vehicles by 2021.
Brian Wolf is with Ford's self-driving vehicle group. He wrote in a blog post that the companies will test to see which goods, especially groceries, can be delivered successfully.
In a statement, Tom Ward of Walmart said, "Before self-driving cars can go mainstream, we must get a better sense of how people want to interact with them."
That may require new designs or equipment for the self-driving vehicles. Wolf said that Ford is designing storage systems on the vehicles for customers to receive goods and groceries.
Walmart has more stores around the United States than any other company. It is competing with Amazon.com and other online companies to deliver goods.
The use of self-driving delivery vehicles instead of human-driven ones could reduce costs for Walmart. But self-driving technology remains costly, and the industry is still waiting for rules to be set by local governments.
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该项目是福特公司努力地在自主送货汽车方面开展业务发展而来的 。福特已经与快递公司Postmates合作，着手开发这项服务 。
福特表示，与沃尔玛的新项目将在佛罗里达州迈阿密及其周边地区试行 。该项目将向在沃尔玛超市下单的顾客提供Postmates的配送服务 。
该项目将从人工驾驶汽车入手，考察自动驾驶汽车的表现如何 。福特曾表示，预计到2021年将扩大自动驾驶汽车的生产 。
布赖恩·沃尔夫（Brian Wolf）就职于福特的自动汽车部门 。他在一篇博客文章中写道，合作方将甄别出哪些商品可成功配送，特别是易腐食品的配送 。
这一项目可能需要新型的汽车设计或设备 。沃尔夫表示，福特公司正在设计车载存储系统，方便顾客接收商品或食品 。
相较于美国的其他零售商，沃尔玛拥有的店面最多 。它正在与亚马逊以及其他线上零售商竞争送货业务 。
将人工驾驶改用自动驾驶汽车送货，可能会降低沃尔玛的送货成本 。但自动驾驶技术现阶段的成本高昂，该行业仍在等待地方政府出台相关法规 。