Kroger and Nuro launching their autonomous grocery delivery service in Houston
Just months after launching a first-of-its-kind self-driving grocery delivery service in Scottsdale, Arizona back in Aug. 2018, Kroger and Nuro have announced that they will launch their autonomous grocery delivery service in Houston.
Expected to begin this spring, the service will be available through two Houston Kroger stores, serving customers residing in four local zip codes.
“It's always been our shared vision to scale this initiative to new markets, using world-changing technology to enable a new type of delivery service for our customers,” says Yael Cosset, Kroger's chief digital officer.
“We operate 102 stores in Houston—an energetic market that embraces digital and technology advancement. The launch is one more way we are committed to sustainably providing our customers with anything, anytime, and anywhere, the way they want it.”
Similar to the Scottsdale service, the Houston service will begin with Nuro's self-driving Toyota Prius fleet, with plans to introduce the next generation of the custom driverless vehicle later this year.
Kroger and Nuro say that the Scottsdale pilot proved their combined technology and digital expertise “can transform the grocery delivery experience.” Through the Scottsdale pilot, the companies have successfully and safely completed thousands of deliveries to customers in Scottsdale.
“We've seen first-hand in Arizona how enthusiastic customers are about getting their Kroger groceries delivered by a Nuro self-driving vehicle,” says Nuro co-founder, Dave Ferguson.
“Texas has been a leader in encouraging self-driving innovation, and we're excited to help deliver that future for Houston — a dynamic, diverse, and welcoming metropolitan city that we're excited to soon explore and serve with this autonomous delivery service.”