A Robot's Behind the Wheel With My Groceries
Kroger, the nation's largest supermarket chain, and California-based driverless car company Nuro have teamed-up for what they call "the world's first, driverless grocery delivery service". They're offering to Phoenix residents inexpensive, same day delivery thru Kroger's ClickList ordering system and Nuro's app. It rolls out this fall.
Nuro's Vehicles "Teleporting"
The vehicles are all electric, with no seats and no humans onboard. Nuro co-founder Dave Ferguson says "we can deliver anything, anytime, anywhere. We like to call it a local teleportation service." As you can see in the photo, the vehicles looks a bit like a toaster on wheels. It weighs 1500 pounds, most of which is the battery that powers the electric motor. It's about the length of an SUV but it's only 3.5 feet wide.
Nuro's No-Passenger Mantra
Nuro's strategy is totally focused on autonomous delivery services. They customize the interior to client needs. For instance, refrigeration and shelves for grocery deliveries. At the moment Nuro has no interest in ferrying passengers. The vehicles are skinny and slow which can help make them safer. And there's no passenger liability. Nuro's vehicles and service are being road-tested in Phoenix this fall. So too is Waymo's fully driverless Ride Hailing Service at years end in Phoenix. Waymo is owned by Google's parent company Alphabet.