H-E-B has announced a pilot program that will take place later this year that will use one vehicle with self-driving technology for its deliveries in San Antonio.
The grocer is teaming up with Udelv for one autonomous delivery vehicle with climate-controlled compartments for delivery of fresh, frozen and dry goods. The vehicle can then travel on city streets and at highway speeds, but will have a human driver during the first trial phase.
“At H-E-B, we continue to evaluate and utilize innovative technologies in all parts of our business,” says Paul Tepfenhart, SVP of omnichannel and emerging technologies at Central Market and H-E-B. “As a leading digital retail leader in Texas, we will continue to grow our partner population as well as technology presence to complement our store operations, enabling customers to choose how they shop, pay for and receive products.”
This is only the latest advancement H-E-B has made to reach its customers. Last month, the grocer opened a new tech hub in Austin that will further advance its position as a major tech player in the industry.
“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,” said Craig Boyan, H-E-B 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 [an] even stronger brick-and-mortar retailer.”