Electronics and Semiconductors

Kroger expands autonomous grocery delivery service

15 March 2019
Kroger will now deliver groceries to customers in the Houston area through a Nuro autonomous vehicle. Source: Kroger

Kroger is working with robotics company Nuro to expand its autonomous grocery delivery service into the Houston area.

Kroger revealed its plans to begin testing autonomous deliveries in summer 2018. The company planned to leverage Nuro's app and fleet of autonomous vehicles to allow same-day ordering through the Kroger website. A few months later, Kroger announced it was kicking off the trials in Scottsdale, Arizona.

The service in Houston will be out of two stores reaching customers in four local zip codes. Since starting the pilot project in Arizona, Kroger said it has successfully completed thousands of deliveries to customers in Scottsdale. The Houston test is the company’s next phase of the project.

Customers can shop via Kroger.com or use the Kroger app to place orders based on slot availability. The deliveries can be scheduled for either same-day or next-day using Nuro’s self-driving Toyota Prius vehicles for a flat fee of $5.95 with no minimum order.

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