Driverless Delivery Continues Testing

Walmart and Coca-Cola jump on board.

December 12, 2019

ALEXANDRIA, Va.—Einride of Sweden, creator of the autonomous road-riding cargo pod, has signed a new partner for a commercial pilot on Swedish roads to test the company’s electric and driverless transportation, reports Techcrunch.

Einride will provide service for Coca-Cola European Partners, the official authorized bottler, distributor, sales and marketing company for Coca-Cola in Sweden. Einride will operate its driver-less transportation system between Coca-Cola European Partners’ warehouse near Stockholm, and retailer Axfood’s own distribution hub, transporting Coca-Cola brand products to the retailer ahead of sending them off to local retail locations in Sweden.

Coca-Cola European Partners hopes to continue to reduce emissions and believes Einride’s system could potentially cut CO2 output by as much as 90% compared to current solutions. The pilot is set to start next year and continue over the next few years, according to the two companies.

Meanwhile, Walmart has announced a new pilot with the autonomous vehicle company Nuro. Through a Houston-based pilot, Walmart wants to continue learning how to offer the best end-to-end customer experience.

Walmart is committed to delivering groceries—with a side of time-saving convenience—through its ever-expanding grocery pickup and delivery service. As the chain nears the end of 2019, its online grocery footprint has expanded to nearly 3,100 pickup locations with deliveries coming from more than 1,600 stores, all powered by Walmart’s team of more than 50,000 personal shoppers.

Walmart management believes the Nuro technology is a natural extension of the Grocery Pickup and Delivery service. As previously reported in NACS Daily, Nuro also has been working on a delivery pilot with Domino’s Pizza.