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Thursday, August 16, 2018

Kroger Rolls out Autonomous Delivery Test

Not completely driverless, and not using the Nuro autonomous 'shelf' (at the right)   But still it shows the seriousness of Kroger about the idea.  Still think a completely autonomous system will  get in the way of regulations and roadway management  issues, so it may take some time to have this concept happen.  But at least now you can go and see this mockup of the idea.   I live just across and down the street from a Kroger, so I volunteer to manage a local test and publicity. 

Kroger starts testing self-driving grocery delivery in Arizona in Engadget

You can try it at one store in Scottsdale.

You now have a chance to try Kroger's self-driving grocery delivery... if you happen to live in the right part of Arizona. The chain has launched its driverless delivery pilot at a single Fry's Food Stores location in Scottsdale, giving you a chance to receive foodstuffs courtesy of Nuro's autonomous vehicles. Order through the Fry's website or app and the robotic courier can deliver either the same day or next day for a $6 flat fee. You'll have to live in the same 85257 ZIP code, so you can't make them drive across town just to satisfy your curiosity.

Sadly, you won't see Nuro's custom R1 vehicle (above) roll up to your home in the earliest stages of the pilot -- it'll be a modified Toyota Prius instead, and the very first phase will include a just-in-case driver. The purpose-built machines will only start delivering your goods sometime in the fall, after they've completed certification and testing. ... "

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