Nuro, a Mountain View, California-based autonomous delivery vehicles platform, has announced to expand its driverless delivery partnership with grocery giant Kroger, to a new market in Houston. In August last year, Nuro piloted its self-driving delivery in Scottsdale, Arizona, first with a fleet of modified Toyota Priuses and then with R1, Nuro’s custom vehicle. Nuro, in the market of Huston, will offer four zip codes service: 77401, 77096, 77005, and 77025, near two Kroger locations.
With this extension to Kroger’s locations, one on 10306 South Post Oak Road and other off of 5150 Buffalo Speedway, customers will be able to place an autonomous delivery order with the options of same day or next day, through Kroger’s website or app seven days a week based on slot availability. The service will kick off by later this spring, with a flat price of USD 5.95. Nuro cofounder Dave Ferguson said that they have seen first-hand in Arizona how enthusiastic customers are about getting their Kroger groceries delivered by a Nuro self-driving vehicle. Texas has been a leader in encouraging self-driving innovation, and he added, he’s excited to help deliver that future for Houston, a dynamic, diverse, and welcoming metropolitan city that we’re excited to soon explore and serve with this autonomous delivery service.
In the process of delivery, once an order is placed, store staffs will load the groceries into one of several compartments in Nuro’s thin, stout R1 that packs a proprietary mix of laser sensors, cameras, and computers. The company’s driverless delivery vehicle runs with a speed of 25 miles per hours. After the arrival of Nuro car at the customers’ door, they will have to validate their identity with a password or form of biometric authentication and then retrieve their goods. According to the company, its driverless delivery vehicle has successfully completed thousands of these deliveries to customers in Scottsdale.