TNI || New Delhi || 9th Nov 2021
The delivery route operation is said to be in Bentonville, Arkansas. It is apparent that the logistic leader will move customer orders between Walmart and a neighbourhood market in a fleet that offers multi-temperature autonomous trucks.
This is the first time ever that an autonomous trucking firm removed a safety driver from a commercially burdened route on the middle mile.
Tom Ward, who is the SVP for the last mile at Walmart U.S., has said that through their work with Gatik, they have identified that autonomous box trucks make sure to offer an efficient, sustainable and safe solution when it comes to transporting goods between stores.
Ward added that they are thrilled to be working with Gatik to achieve this driver-less feat in their home state of Arkansas, and they look forward to using the driverless technology to serve its customers with speed.
As per the Governor of Arkansas, Asa Hutchinson, the state and Gatik have shifted into the future with the self-driving truck.
She added that Arkansas, which is the home to the greatest retail companies in the world, has become the launchpad of this kind of unparalleled innovation.
Gatik and Walmart received the permission from the Arkansas State Highway Commission in December 2020, to remove the safety driver from Gatik’s Autonomous Trucks.
According to Gautam Narang, the CEO of Gatik as well as its co-founder, their deployment in Bentonville is not just a one time demo as their trucks are frequent and revenue-generating.