Grocery store chain Kroger is partnering up with Nuro for autonomous grocery delivery. The delivery pilot program will allow Nuro’s self-driving pod shaped delivery vehicles to deliver orders to customers. The orders will be “last mile” deliveries on low speed streets. The Nuro’s cargo compartments will be well insulated to help keep food hot or cold. Nuro, was founded by a pair of former Google engineers looking to develop their own autonomous vehicle project (self-driving cargo/delivery pod).
With 2,800 stores in 35 states, Kroger sees potential with the “future of grocery delivery.” By using Kroger’s ClickList ordering system or Nuro’s mobile app, customers can simply place same day delivery orders and have it delivered right to their door by the Nuro autonomous delivery vehicle. Nuro’s co-founder Dave Ferguson stated, “Our safe, reliable, and affordable service, combined with Kroger’s ubiquitous brand, is a powerful first step in our mission to accelerate the benefits of robotics for everyday life.”
The pilot program will roll out in a single market this Fall, however, Kroger has not announced which city will see its self-driving grocery delivery vehicles roaming the streets.
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