Kroger And Nuro To Launch An Autonomous Grocery Delivery Service

Autonomous vehicles have largely been aimed at replacing taxis but they can also be used for a variety of other purposes. With that in mind, Kroger and Nuro have joined forces for an autonomous grocery delivery pilot program.

Set to kick off this fall, the pilot program will be launched in a soon to be announced market. There’s no word on which city will be selected but the service will allow Kroger shoppers to place an order through the company’s ClickList ordering system. Employees will then collect the customer’s order and place it in one of Nuro’s autonomous delivery vehicles.

The vehicle will then drive itself to the customer’s home so they can retrieve their groceries from one of the car’s two compartments. In order to do this, customers will be sent an access code to open the vehicle’s door when it arrives in their driveway. Once the groceries are unloaded, the vehicle will drive to its next stop or return to the store.

Kroger and Nuro Launch Partnership (PRNewsfoto/The Kroger Co.)

Kroger’s is America’s largest supermarket retailer as it has 2,800 stores in 35 different states. If the pilot program is successful, it wouldn’t be surprising if the autonomous delivery service was expanded to additional markets.

Kroger hinted at this possibility as it noted “Nuro’s technology platform will change the status quo of grocery delivery through convenience at a low price.” The service will also help Kroger fend off competitors such as Amazon’s Prime Pantry which ships groceries directly to customers.

In a statement, Kroger chief digital officer Yael Cosset said “We are incredibly excited about the potential of our innovative partnership with Nuro to bring the future of grocery delivery to customers today.” He added, “Partnering with Nuro, a leading technology company, will create customer value by providing Americans access to fast and convenient delivery at a fair price.”

  • TrevP

    Is it laziness or convenience?

  • roy

    You know just before reading this article I was watching Age of Ultron and one can’t help but think the horizon of the effect of autonomous tech or ai.
    What I mean is that AI is creeping in every sector. But here lies the biggest concern of AI. While most companies or people will tell you that it is for convenience and safety that human beings are being replaced by robots but the thing is those big companies deploy AI because they don’t have to pay them, or take the responsibility of their work environment and lives and the biggest of all is that they won’t put up a strike.
    But the thing is if companies are taking away jobs and replacing them with robots to earn a greater profit, a time will come when customers will stop buying simply because they can’t earn.
    What then?

    • Status

      The answer would be Guaranteed Minimum Income, and that is something few politicians would ever speak publicly about.

      • LeStori

        With out a purpose in life, a guaranteed income would just mean you would go out looking for something to do… robbing AI delivery drones?

      • roy

        True that

    • Jarosław Kotowicz

      People are being replaced with robots because there is not enough people on the market. I work in automotive industry and the main reason that factories have more and more robots is the fact that there is a lack of workforce on the market. That’s the truth.

      • roy

        Yes… I think you have a valid point in your region perhaps. But all over the world there is still a considerable amount of workforce still left. And I can understand a certain degree of automation in your job sector or anyass production sector but till what degree? I mean see the content for this article. There is no need for such automation right now.

        • Jarosław Kotowicz

          Ofcourse in global scale it looks diffrent. But the fact that in Zimbabwe the unemployment rate is about 95% doesn’t change the fact that in your country companies are struggling to find a new worker. I live in central Europe (in Poland to be precise) and you will find a similar situation across whole Europe. It’s just called low paid jobs. Doesn’t matter if we are talking about operator on the assembly line, pizza delivery guy or something similar. Automation is a must. At any level that is necessary.

          • roy

            Yes automation is needed of course. But my point is to what extent?

  • Enter Ranting

    Oh, god PLEASE don’t come to Los Angeles. If there’s one thing our awful traffic doesn’t need it’s glorified shopping carts driving around on public streets. I really hate the tech industry.

    • rodriguez256

      This also means that it’s teplacing the vehicle that a person would’ve been driving to get groceries. Plus I think AI vehicles would probably drive better than Californians during traffic.

      • Enter Ranting

        Oh, Californians drive just fine, if a little aggressively. But I’d rather pay someone to deliver the groceries, instead of a robot.

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