Nuro is a company dedicated to the development of unmanned vehicles for freight transport and will launch a delivery service in Houston in partnership with the Kroger supermarket chain.
Unlike Waymo, a Google company that launched the first passenger service in autonomous cars, Nuro's goal is to develop vehicles that are dedicated solely to the transportation of goods. In that sense, the American robotic company launched a pilot project last August in partnership with the Kroger supermarket chain in Scottsdale, Arizona.
The service used self-propelled Toyota Prius cars, but for safety reasons, it began by including a driver behind the wheel to oversee performance. The success of the project led Nuro to develop his R1 model, designed specifically for cargo transportation and without space for any passenger.
Yael Cosset, head of the Kroger digital department, believes that "the Arizona pilot program has confirmed the flexibility and benefits provided by stand-alone vehicles and demonstrated that customers are open to more innovative solutions."
Nuro and Kroger have now announced the launch of the next phase, which goes through the expansion of the project to Texas, according to Digital Trends. Customers from two Kroger stores in Houston will be able to place orders through the website or application beginning next fall. The service will have a flat rate of $ 5.95 per delivery, the limit being the load capacity of the R1 that corresponds to 12 shopping bags.