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Walmart teams with GM to test autonomous deliveries in Arizona

The companies say battery powered Chevrolet Volt vehicles will begin deliveries in Scottsdale early next year.
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FILE - In this Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019, file photo, A Walmart logo is attached to the outside of a Walmart store in Walpole, Mass. Walmart says it has removed ammunition and firearms from displays at U.S. stores, citing “civil unrest” in some areas. The nation’s largest retailer, based in Bentonville, Arkansas, sell firearms in about half of its 4,700 stores. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)

PHOENIX — Walmart is teaming up with the General Motors’ autonomous vehicle unit to test driverless delivery in Arizona. 

The companies say battery powered Chevrolet Volt vehicles will begin deliveries in Scottsdale early next year.

At first they’ll have human backup drivers who will monitor the cars and help to deliver packages to doors. 

But Ray Wert, spokesman at GM’s Cruise autonomous vehicle unit, says they’ll eventually move to fully autonomous deliveries. 

Wert says the testing with Walmart will start small and gradually ramp up to more vehicles. 

He did not know how many Bolts would be used at the beginning.