Kroger and Nuro and recently announced the launch of unmanned delivery service available to the general public.
Kroger is an American retailing company and is the largest supermarket chain by revenue in the country. Nuro is an American robotics company that combines software and hardware expertise to design and build products that accelerate the benefits of robotics for everyday life. The company’s first product is a self-driving service for local goods transportation.
Since August this year, the companies together have operated a self-driving grocery delivery service in Scottsdale, AZ with an autonomous Prius fleet accompanied by vehicle operators. The autonomous vehicles have completed nearly one thousand deliveries to the general public.
With this new launch, the fleet is expanding to include Nuro’s custom unmanned vehicle known as the R1. The R1 travels on public roads and has no driver, no passengers and only transports goods.
Delivery service details:
• Where: Fry’s Food Stores (single location): 7770 East McDowell Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85257
• When: Customers can place delivery orders immediately, for delivery 7 days a week
• How: Customers shop via frysfood.com or the Fry’s Food Stores mobile app and place their order based on slot availability
• What: Grocery orders can be scheduled for same-day or next-day delivery by Nuro’s fleet of self-driving vehicles, now featuring the custom unmanned R1 as well as self-driving Prius vehicles
• Price: $5.95 flat fee; no minimum order
A similar trial was conducted recently by Walmart with Ford and Waymo in two seperate projects. A self-driving company Oxbotica is also working on the delivery of products using autonomous vehicles. Pizza Hut and Dominos have also collaborated with Toyota and Ford respectively on delivery using autonomous vehicles.
Source: Press Release