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Citizens of Austin, Miami and Washington, DC, may receive their next Walmart order from an autonomous car. On Wednesday, Ford and its self-driving technology partner Argo AI announced a new last-mile delivery service with Walmart. The three companies will launch the service in the three cities as a pilot program as each looks to expand their footprint with these sorts of emerging operations.

For Walmart, it gains experience in delivering items quickly with the last-mile system. Ford and Argo AI gain crucial real-world experience with the automaker's hardware and Argo AI's self-driving software. In the end, each company wants to create the foundations for a true autonomous delivery operation where customers place an order and receive their items the same day quickly and efficiently. Ford and Argo AI already worked with Walmart in the past, and the automaker's also busy testing autonomous cars with Lyft in Miami.

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The companies didn't provide too many details about the nuts and bolts of this program, but there will be defined service areas for Walmart customers to use the autonomous delivery. Groceries and other popular items often ordered online will be available, but it sounds like you won't be strapping a piece of furniture into one of these Escape-based self-driving car prototypes. The program kicks off later this year and operating zones in each city will expand over time.

2021 Ford Escape plays it down the middle

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1/50 SLIDES © Provided by Roadshow Though once fairly rugged itself, the last two decades have seen the Ford Escape evolve into a more rounded, urban-friendly alternative to the upcoming Ford Bronco Sport.

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2/50 SLIDES © Provided by Roadshow Recently updated, the Escape's curves have gotten even softer. I'd go as far as calling it downright adorable.

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3/50 SLIDES © Provided by Roadshow There's a lot of the old Ford Focus hatchback to be found in the details of this design.

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4/50 SLIDES © Provided by Roadshow Inside, the cabin of this Titanium trim level features leather-trimmed seats and faux wood accents.

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5/50 SLIDES © Provided by Roadshow A digital instrument cluster features unique themes that match the drive mode and greeting animations when the Escape is started up.

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6/50 SLIDES © Provided by Roadshow One of my biggest nitpicks is the odd placement of the start button, which is difficult to see from the driver's seat.

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7/50 SLIDES © Provided by Roadshow Also, don't look too closely at the faux wood trim on the dashboard. Yeesh.

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8/50 SLIDES © Provided by Roadshow The finish looks extremely bad under close inspection.

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9/50 SLIDES © Provided by Roadshow This example features the optional 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine, which boasts the most power (250 horsepower) and the highest towing capacity (3,500 pounds).

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10/50 SLIDES © Provided by Roadshow The 2.0T also comes standard with all-wheel drive, an optional upgrade for the other engine choices.

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11/50 SLIDES © Provided by Roadshow Keep clicking for even more photos of the 2021 Ford Escape Titanium or check our full review for even more details.

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