U.S. start-up Nuro is to begin delivering Domino’s pizzas to select customers in Houston via its robotic R2 vehicle. Nuro has already been mapping and testing and working in the city with other partners using its fleet of custom Prius vehicles.
Nuro’s R2 is a 100% battery-electric, autonomous delivery vehicle.
Nuro’s Co-Founder, Dave Ferguson says: “This launch is really a glimpse of what’s to come. An autonomous pizza delivery to a customer in Houston will translate to deliveries of all kinds to people in all places. We want to build an equitable and accessible future with the promise of lower emissions, safer streets, and more communities that participate in the economic growth of autonomous delivery.”
He adds: “We’re honored to partner with Domino’s, the largest pizza company in the world and an expert in delivery. Dominos’ willingness to incorporate R2 into their service is a testament to their commitment to innovation. It’s proof they care deeply about constantly improving the customer experience, and we’re so excited to take this next step together.”
In November 2020, Nuro announced a new $500 million Series C funding round, led by funds and accounts advised by T. Rowe Price Associates, Inc., with participation from new investors including Fidelity Management & Research Company, LLC. and Baillie Gifford. Existing investors SoftBank Vision Fund 1 and Greylock are also investing in the round.