Gatik begins using robot vans to haul goods between Walmarts in Arkansas

Retail giant Walmart today revealed that it has launched a pilot with Gatik — a two-year-old startup developing an autonomous vehicle stack for B2B short-haul logistics — to ferry customer orders between select store locations in Bentonville, Arkansas. The announcement comes months after the Arkansas legislature approved a Walmart-backed proposal allowing companies to test self-driving vehicles on public roads and highways.

The collaboration marks the latest in a series of driverless delivery efforts kicked off by Walmart in recent years…

The Palo Alto, California-based startup (which has offices in Toronto) is the brainchild of Carnegie Mellon graduate and CEO Gautam Narang and CTO Arjun Narang, brothers and cofounders who have worked together in the field of robotics, AI, and machine learning for over 10 years.