SAN ANTONIO – On Wednesday, July 10th, H-E-B announced the plans to start a new program to help enhance their grocery delivery service by using self-driving cars to meet the needs of their customers.
The program is expected to start later this year in the Olmos Park area, just north of San Antonio. The program is expected to help increase convenience to the customers, reduce costs and create the opportunity for more jobs in the community.
H-E-B stated in a press release, “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 even stronger brick-and-mortar retailer.”
H-E-B is working with a California-based company, Udelv, to test the self-driving vehicles for this new program. The company creates climate-controlled compartments that can carry numerous orders of fresh, frozen, and dry goods. The vehicles are also able to travel at both city and highway rates of speed, at first the vehicles will have a driver but as the program expands the cars will ultimately go driverless.
Click here to view H-E-B’s entire press release on their advancing pilot program.