Walmart has announced a new pilot with the autonomous vehicle start-up, Nuro, in Houston, Texas.
The self-driving deliveries will be available to a pilot group of participants who have opted in to try the service. Nuro says the pilot will enable it to gain insights that will help develop and refine the service.
Tom Ward, SVP, Digital Operations for Walmart U.S, says: “Our unparalleled size and scale have allowed us to steer grocery delivery to the front doors of millions of families – and design a roadmap for the future of the industry. Along the way, we’ve been test-driving a number of different options for getting groceries from our stores to our customers’ front doors through self-driving technology.”
Nuro adds: “By creating an affordable, neighborhood-friendly, and convenient way for customers to get their deliveries on demand, Walmart and Nuro aim to build a better supply chain together. We’re looking forward to launching our service in the coming weeks, and we can’t wait to learn how we can help improve the shopping experience.”
Nuro was founded in 2016 and started by partnering with Kroger — America’s largest grocery retailer — to create a grocery delivery service with self-driving vehicles.