Kroger partnered up with robotics company Neuro at the start of 2018 and, by August, the company was testing an autonomous delivery service in Arizona. These deliveries were made by a Toyota Prius fleet that also hosted safety drivers on board.
While there are not a lot of details about the test, they must have been quite successful because Kroger is now ready to add Nuro’s R1 autonomous vehicle to its delivery fleet.
All the customers will have to do is unload their own groceries when the R1 arrives.
The vehicle is capable of driving on public roads all by itself, without the need of a safety driver or a passenger present. It only transports groceries and the customers can order theirs either through the website or the dedicated store app and then schedule their preferred delivery times.
The delivery will cost a flat fee of $5.95 with no minimum order. For the moment, R1 will only be servicing one store in Arizona: Fry’s Food Stores.
“Nuro envisions a world without errands, where everything is on-demand and can be delivered affordably.” Nuro President Dave Ferguson said “Operating a delivery service using our custom unmanned vehicles is an important first step toward that goal.”