First there came self-purchase.
Now there are self-driving cars to deliver.
Two Kroger markets in Houston roll out a self-propelled car program, where orders can be placed online and delivered right to your home without a driver.
The self-service will be offered in stores at South Post Oak Road and Buffalo Speedway, at ABC13. Those in Texas can access the service from 77401, 77096, 77005 and 77025 postal code, for delivery in the same or next day.
The delivery service was perceived by the robots company Nuro, founded by two former Google employees. Kroger and Nuro started working together last year for a test drive in Scottsdale, Ariz., Before they started this year's expansion.
The company has reportedly carried thousands of driverless deliveries within the Arizona market.
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The company aims to roll out its unmanned drivers in R1 in Texas over the next few weeks, but in the meantime it will use a Toyota Prius fleet.
will start delivering with our self-propelled Prius vehicles, so there are passenger cars just like regular Priuses we've added to sensing and computing so they can drive themselves, Nuro co-founder and president Dave Ferguson told ABC13. "There will still be security drivers in them."
The R1 vehicles are about half the width and shorter than most sedans, as Nuro says will limit the potential for collisions.
"We generally feel that when you remove passengers from the vehicle, you can make it much safer for everyone else on the road," says Ferguson. "For example, the vehicle is much smaller, it is much lighter, it collapses in the unlikely event of collision. "
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During the Arizona test drive, the citizens enjoyed the experience of seeing a small, robotic car that brought up groceries.
" It was much smaller than I thought it would be, "said Shannon Baggett, a resident of Arizona, in April of August." I told my husband, "We just got our groceries delivered by a robot." "
Other residents say they are not completely ready for this kind of change.
"I just don't think we're there yet to have a driverless car," locals John Jones told ABC13.
Customers can place orders from the market's website or app for a $ 5.95 fee.
Nuro will expand the number of cars equipped with self-propelled hardware and software to around 50, according to Verge. It will operate in California, Arizona and Texas with safety drivers behind the wheel.