In January last year, Nuro showed off his self-driving electric delivery truck for the first time, according tomedia. The company has since partnered with supermarket retailer Kroger and delivered no-delivery for the first time towards the end of 2018. Not long ago, the robotics start-up agreed to deliver pizza to Domino’s, and now it has a partnership with Wal-Mart that will deliver groceries through its delivery truck in the Houston metropolitan area.
Tom Ward, of Wal-Mart, said: “Wal-Mart is committed to providing customers with anywhere, anytime, anywhere. We are pleased to work with Nuro and will continue to learn as we are incorporating self-driving technology into our delivery options and learning more about our customers’ needs and improving Wal-Mart’s future delivery services. “
Over the next few months, the retail giant, which has 200 million customers and 11,000 global stores, will offer automated delivery at some of its Stores in Houston. Nuro will use the latest generation of self-driving electric delivery truck R2 — the same product as Delta Test.
Unfortunately, Nuro didn’t reveal much about the R1 successor, saying only that it has a width of 1.1 meters, can accommodate more shopping bags per trip (about 18), and that it won’t have passengers and drivers. When the program is launched, Nuro’s self-driving Prius fleet will complete the first deliveries before the R2 is launched further.
“We’re excited to work with Wal-Mart to provide the best delivery experience for our customers,” said Cosimo Leipold of Nuro. And working with Wal-Mart provides us with a great opportunity to improve our home delivery service, serve Wal-Mart’s loyal customers, and continue to integrate and interact with the Houston community. “