H-E-B will become the latest supermarket retailer to give autonomous delivery vehicles a try.
The San Antonio-based retailer says it is partnering with Udelv — a California company that creates autonomous delivery vehicles — and will begin service to customers near its Olmos Park H-E-B, just north of downtown San Antonio, later this year.
“Our success starts with our people, who provide exceptional hospitality and drive us to open more engaging stores that offer a world-class shopping experience,” says Craig Boyan, H-E-B's president. “We’re committed to winning through people and hiring more people, and we’re adding necessary skills to become both a better tech company and even stronger brick-and-mortar retailer.”
During the initial phase of the pilot, the ADVs will have a driver. If the initiative is expanded, H-E-B says it will implement a multi-phased roll out to give the technology time to learn the safest, most efficient routes, will will eventually lead to the ADV becoming fully driverless.
“Companies like H-E-B are taking the first steps to explore the benefits autonomous deliveries can bring to their customers and employees,” says Daniel Laury, CEO of Udelv. “As the most loved retailer in Texas, H-E-B is an amazing partner for Udelv as we scale our Autodeliv service and work to make deliveries faster and safer. We look forward to serving the people of Texas with Newton, our second-generation ADV.”