Walmart to test deliveries by self-driving car with General Motors’ Cruise

Starting next year, some of Walmart’s deliveries of groceries and other items will be dropped off at customers’ homes by a small fleet of electric-powered, driverless cars.

The big-box retailer said Tuesday it will kick off a pilot program with General Motors’ all-electric vehicle subsidiary, Cruise. It did not disclose terms of the deal.

Tom Ward, senior vice president of customer product of Walmart U.S., said customers who live near Scottsdale, Arizona, can place an order from their local store and have it delivered by one of Cruise’s cars. He said it could further two of the retailer’s goals: getting customers what they need quickly and moving a step closer to the company’s target of zero emissions by 2040.