US-based supermarket retailer Kroger has partnered with driverless delivery vehicle maker Nuro to launch a self-driving grocery delivery pilot in Scottsdale, Arizona.
The pilot programme will see Kroger testing grocery delivery using Nuro’s robots at a Fry’s Food Stores location in the US city.
Customers can place their order via frysfood.com or the Fry’s Food Stores mobile app based on slot availability for $5.95 flat fee. The no-minimum orders can be scheduled for same-day or next-day delivery.
Nuro’s self-driving delivery vehicles will deliver groceries to customers at their curb, safely and quickly.
The customer will use an access code to open the doors when the vehicle arrives in their driveway.
Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane said: “Scottsdale is proud to be the home of Kroger and Nuro’s partnership. We welcome innovative technology that can benefit the lives of Scottsdale residents.
“We feel this partnership holds tremendous potential and promise, and offers our residents real, not-yet-experienced convenience for everyday routines.”
Kroger chief digital officer Yael Cosset added: “Kroger wants to bring more customers the convenience of affordable grocery delivery, and our pilot with Nuro will help us test and learn to understand customer acceptance of autonomous vehicles in our seamless offering.”
Nuro will deploy its self-driving Toyota Prius fleet for the testing and will introduce its custom R1 driverless vehicle by the end of the year.
Kroger serves more than nine million customers daily through digital shopping and 2,779 retail food stores under different banner names.