American supermarket chain Kroger and robotics company Nuro have launched autonomous grocery delivery service in Houston, Texas, US.
The autonomous delivery service will commence from Kroger’s South Post Oak store and marks the second market for the delivery service, following the first pilot in Scottsdale, Arizona.
The retailer also plans to expand the service further to its Buffalo Speedway store later this spring.
Customers can shop through Kroger.com or The Kroger app to use the new grocery service. Orders will be accommodated based on slot availability and delivered by Nuro’s manual and self-driving Toyota Prius fleet. Customers can also schedule grocery orders for same-day or next-day delivery for a flat fee of $5.95, with no minimum order.
Kroger Houston division president Marlene Stewart said: “We’re excited to launch our autonomous vehicle delivery pilot with Nuro in Houston, a leading city that embraces innovation and technology. Kroger continues to redefine the customer experience, and we’re thrilled to provide our customers with a new way to have their groceries delivered.
“We thank Texas Governor Greg Abbott, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, and the Houston community for being terrific partners and for supporting consumer-focused robotics.”
Nuro co-founder Dave Ferguson said: “Nuro’s initial application of transporting goods through self-driving technology has allowed us to build a real service and have immediate impact on communities. We are excited to introduce Houston to our time-saving service that provides customers with their groceries quickly and safely.”