Driverless car maker Nuro on Thursday began delivering groceries in autonomous cars from a store in Scottsdale, Ariz.
Nuro said in a blog post that it’s self-driving Priuses would deliver food to nearby residents from Fry’s Food in the pilot (autopilot?) project, which is intended as a precursor to wider delivery plans.
“Since self-driving delivery vehicles are a new concept for many, this phase of the pilot is very important,” the company said in its blog post. “We will learn how customers interact with the vehicles in real-time, and be focused on identifying improvement opportunities.”
Grocery delivery with Nuro self-driving vehicles starts today! Our pilot with @kroger in Scottsdale, AZ is now accepting orders. Start shopping @FrysFoodStores https://t.co/uKYGyHRCgx pic.twitter.com/zwbmW1VEeu
— Nuro (@nurobots) August 16, 2018
Fry’s is a division of the Kroger grocery chain. Privately-held Nuro, based in Mountain View, Calif., had previously announced it would start the delivery program in partnership with Kroger, and it’s expected it will expand beyond the Scottsdale store.
While the deliveries in Scottsdale will be made in Toyota Priuses using Nuro software, the company has also developed its own small robot-like delivery vehicle.