Nuro and Kroger have launched a partnership to test autonomous delivery in the United States.

Kroger launches autonomous vehicle delivery in new city

Cincinnati-based Kroger Co. launched its autonomous vehicle delivery service in Houston today.

The pilot program is beginning at one store and will later expand to a second in the market, according to a release. The test has already been run in Scottsdale, Arizona.

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Houston will first see the manual and self-driving Toyota Prius fleet and Kroger will introduce the its custom driverless fleet later this year.

Autonomous vehicles are seen by industry experts as the future of grocery delivery.

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“Nuro’s initial application of transporting goods through self-driving technology has allowed us to build a real service and have immediate impact on communities,” said Nuro co-founder, Dave Ferguson. “We are excited to introduce Houston to our time-saving service that provides customers with their groceries quickly and safely.”

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