Walmart and Nuro have partnered to bring driverless grocery delivery to Houston, Texas, according to an announcement Nuro posted on Medium.
Nuro is a robotics company specializing in electric, self-driving vehicles. The company already operates a delivery service in Houston for Kroger. In their blog post, Nuro emphasized the benefits of working with Walmart, a company that revolutionized the supply chain and retail experience.
The service will be available to a select group of pilot customers at first.
“Nuro’s self-driving technology and fleet will power this pilot with Walmart to provide customers in Houston with another innovative, accessible option for getting the groceries they need day-to-day.
“To start, self-driving deliveries will be available to a pilot group of participants who have opted in to try the service, teaching us more about how to best serve those customers. Through the pilot, we’ll gain insights that will enable us to further develop and refine our service, while helping Walmart create the best end-to-end customer experiences.
“At Nuro, we believe in the power for self-driving technology to support and improve local commerce, and see this technology as a key part of our future. We’re working to expand our footprint in Houston, to maximize the impact of our delivery platform for the community at city-scale. Throughout 2019, we’ve been building toward this objective, and this partnership represents another step forward.”
Should the Nuro/Walmart venture prove successful, it’s a safe bet communities around the country may start getting their groceries delivered this way.