The self-driving car firm recently entered into a few corporate partnerships to put more passengers in its vehicles, most notably with Walmart and its Chandler, Ariz., location.
The retailer is footing the bill for a self-driving chauffeur service for a select group of Waymo’s 400 daily users. These users can place online orders through Walmart.com to summon a self-driving Waymo vehicle, which picks them up and brings them to Walmart to get their order. Once there, a Walmart employee loads the car and the passenger is whisked away.
Does the passenger have to be present for this errand? No, but that’s not the point of this partnership. Beyond testing self-driving cars, Waymo is making itself even more visible through this and other partnerships.
After all, wouldn’t you be jealous if, after spending an hour collecting your groceries at Walmart, you saw one of your neighbors simply roll up in a self-driving car, accept some groceries and roll away? Waymo is making its product desirable to consumers who may not have even considered the reality of AVs.
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