Kroger Co. and Nuro are hoping to redefine the grocery customer experience for Americans by piloting an on-road, fully autonomous delivery experience, Kroger announced.
Together, Kroger and Nuro, maker of the world's first fully unmanned road vehicle, are working to make the convenience of grocery delivery accessible and affordable for customers everywhere. Through this partnership, customers can place same-day delivery orders through Kroger's ClickList ordering system and Nuro's app. During the test, orders will be delivered by Nuro's fleet of autonomous vehicles.
"Unmanned delivery will be a game-changer for local commerce, and together with Kroger, we're thrilled to test this new delivery experience to bring grocery customers new levels of convenience and value," Dave Ferguson, Nuro’s co-founder, said in a statement. "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."
This is the first application and deployment of Nuro's hardware and software. The pilot market will be announced soon and is expected to begin this fall.