Nuro’s Driverless Pods To Start Delivering Groceries In Houston This Spring

While seven in 10 Americans remain wary of self-driving cars, they will be soon faced with a new driverless vehicle species: the unmanned delivery robot.

Following a trial in Scottsdale, Arizona, Nuro’s driverless grocery delivery vehicles are now coming to Houston, Texas. Two Kroger markets in Houston will be included in the autonomous delivery program that uses Nuro’s R1 driverless pod.

The service, which is a collaboration between America’s largest grocery retailer Kroger and robotics company Nuro, allows customers to place orders online and have their groceries delivered at their homes by R1 unmanned vehicles. The service will be offered at stores in South Post Oak Road and Buffalo Speedway and will reach customers residing in four local zip codes. Buyers can place orders for same-day or next-day delivery from Kroger’s website or mobile app for a $5.95 fee.

At the start of the program, though, Nuro will use self-driving Toyota Prius vehicles instead of its R1 pods, just like it did in Arizona. That’s because Nuro has built only six R1 pods so far, all of which are in use in Scottsdale.

“Initially, we are going to start delivering with our self-driving Prius vehicles, so these are passenger vehicles just like regular Priuses that we’ve added sensing and computing to so they can drive themselves. There will still be safety drivers in them,” Nuro co-founder and president Dave Ferguson told ABC13.

Later this year, the unmanned R1 vehicles will be introduced. In Scottsdale, it took about four months from the moment the trial program began with Prius vehicles until the R1s started deliveries in December 2018.

The self-driving pod is just over 6 feet (1,830 mm) high and about half the width of a sedan. Weighing in at 1,500 lbs (680 kg), it’s designed to carry only cargo, with enough space for 12 grocery bags. Founded by two ex-Google self-driving engineers, Nuro recently received a $1 billion cash infusion from Japanese tech company SoftBank.

 

  • kachuks

    How many cases of beer fit in that thing?

  • Blanka Li

    These things are going to be f’d with non-stop.

Out Of Control RV Goes Flying Into Departing Ferry, Driver Gets Killed

The driver is being praised a hero for honking his horn to alert people to get out of the way.

Guy Martin Drives A 1,000 HP Tractor To Record-Setting 103.6 MPH

The record for the fastest tractor was once held by Top Gear’s The Stig, but now it’s been blown out of the water .

2020 Genesis G80 Now Available In Australia With 311 HP V6, Two Trim Levels

Genesis’ luxury sedan has a comprehensive list of standard equipment and is priced from $69k AUE.

Hyundai Said To Be Planning Electric Compact SUV, Could Launch In 2021

The rumored EV will sit on a dedicated platform and slot above the Kona Electric in Hyundai’s range.

New BMW Z4 M40i Unleashes Its True Potential Courtesy Of G-Power

The German roadster now packs a mighty 493 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque.

Fiat Panda Waze Returns To The Lineup With New Two-Tone Option

Featuring standard Waze navigation, the new special edition has a contrasting black roof and gloss black accents.

Dodge Charger Hellcat Widebody Will Make A Nice Entry In The Muscle Car Class

The Charger Widebody should be offered with three different engine options, topped by the Redeye.

Jeep Driver Rolls Through Stop Sign And Gets Pummeled

The driver of this Jeep Cherokee failed to yield to the cammer and paid a hefty price.

Autobahn Hit With Speed Limits Due To High Temperatures

Fearing of cracks caused officials to enforce speed limits in usually unrestricted sections.

Get Your Hyundai Serviced At Official Dealer, Enjoy Free Lyft Ride Home

Hyundai owners won’t need to have a Lyft account of the ride-hailing app on their smartphone.