Kroger's Autonomous Delivery Service is Live in Houston
The Kroger Co. and robotics company Nuro have expanded their autonomous grocery delivery service to the Houston, TX, market.
The service is currently available at the South Post Oak store and will be launched at the Buffalo Speedway location later this spring.
"We're excited to launch our autonomous vehicle delivery pilot with Nuro in Houston, a leading city that embraces innovation and technology," said Marlene Stewart, Kroger's Houston division president. "Kroger continues to redefine the customer experience, and we're thrilled to provide our customers with a new way to have their groceries delivered. We thank Texas Governor Greg Abbott, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, and the Houston community for being terrific partners and for supporting consumer-focused robotics."
Houston is the second market for Kroger and Nuro's delivery service and the first public use of Nuro's self-driving fleet in the city. Like the first pilot market in Scottsdale, Arizona, Kroger and Nuro are starting the service with Nuro's manual and self-driving Toyota Prius fleet, and will introduce the next generation of Nuro's custom driverless vehicle later this year.
"Nuro's initial application of transporting goods through self-driving technology has allowed us to build a real service and have immediate impact on communities," said Nuro co-founder, Dave Ferguson. "We are excited to introduce Houston to our time-saving service that provides customers with their groceries quickly and safely."