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Nuro has partnered with Frys Food Stores to leverage their autonomous vehicles to deliver groceries in Scottsdale.
Arizona Republic

Supermarket giant Kroger said that a pilot program will soon be concluded with more than 2,000 food deliveries made in self-propelled cars from a Scottsdale, Arizona store.

The program launched in August, presented deliveries in autonomous vehicles from robots company Nuro from Kroger-owned Fry & # 39; s store at 7770 E. McDowell Road for customers in postal code 85257.

The companies described it as the nation's first program with deliveries to the public from fully unmanned vehicles.

Wednesday will mark the final delivery date. After that, customers who participated in the Scottsdale pilot will switch to an existing grocery service provided by Kroger in collaboration with another company, instacart.

An autonomous Nuro vehicle demonstrates a delivery on Tuesday, January 22, 2019 in Scottsdale, Ariz. Nuro has worked with Frys food stores to use the robotic vehicles to deliver groceries in Scottsdale. (Photo: Sean Logan / Republic)

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The Instacart service does not have self-propelled vehicles. Another difference is that instacarts employees, rather than Fry's partners, will choose and deliver groceries.

But Scottsdale customers who received groceries during the Nuro pilot will continue to pay the same price of $ 5.95 for a full year.

The purpose of venture with Nuro was to test deliveries in self-propelled cars in Scottsdale, then extend the program to a larger metropolitan area. The program started with modified Toyota Prius models, and then added Nuro's own custom vehicle called R1.

"During this pilot, we learned that we can deliver a service our customers love – providing convenience and fresh groceries for our customers safely in communities," says Pam Giannonatti, a spokeswoman for Kroger, owner of Fry & # 39; s

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"This engagement shows the huge appetite for affordable, safe and convenient delivery options," added, calls the customer response in Scottsdale "phenomenal."

The companies will now launch the next phase of the program – an autonomous vehicle delivery service at two Kroger stores in Houston that will reach customers in four postcodes there. 19659022] Autoplay

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