Kroger Launches an Autonomous Grocery Delivery Service in Arizona
By Lisa Lacy | December 18, 2018
In a year that has likely seen more grocery delivery pilots than any other, retailer Kroger is closing out 2018 with the debut of its unmanned delivery service—which it says is the world’s first—in sunny Scottsdale, Ariz.
For the record, it’s probably more accurate to call this “one of the first” as Walmart at least has tested self-driving cars for grocery delivery in Arizona and Florida. Nevertheless, Kroger announced the pilot with robotics company Nuro in June, and, since August, they have tested an autonomous fleet of “a handful of” Priuses with safety drivers just in case someone needed to intervene. Together, they have completed nearly 1,000 deliveries in Scottsdale.
Now, Kroger is adding two R1 unmanned vehicles to its fleet, which Nuro designed to transport goods on public roads without passengers and marks the first deployment of its technology for the general public. (The Priuses will continue to have safety drivers.)
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