Kroger Partners with Nuro to Test Self-Driving Grocery Delivery Service, Kayla Webb | Aug. 16, 2018

Kroger has joined WalMart in the race to integrate self-driving cars into their grocery delivery service by announcing its partnership with Nuro to pilot a grocery delivery service using Nuro robots.

“We’re excited to launch our autonomous vehicle delivery pilot with Fry’s in Scottsdale,” said Kroger Chief Digital Officer Yael Cosset. “Kroger wants to bring more customers the convenience of affordable grocery delivery, and our pilot with Nuro will help us test and learn to understand customer acceptance of autonomous vehicles in our seamless offering. We thank Arizona Governor Doug Ducey, Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane, and the Scottsdale community for being terrific partners and for supporting customer-focused innovation.”

Nuro’s self-driving Toyota Prius fleet began same-day and next-day grocery delivery in Scottsdale, AZ from a Kroger’s Fry’s Food Store to consumers’ homes. Initially, Nuro’s Prius fleet will have seats for humans to ride along in case of an error or emergency. This fall, Nuro will also begin testing custom R1 driverless vans that have no seats for humans.

“Arizona is home to some of the most innovative autonomous vehicle testing,” said Nuro co-founder Dave Ferguson. “We’re proud to contribute and turn our vision for local commerce into a real, accessible service that residents of Scottsdale can use immediately. Our goal is to save people time, while operating safely and learning how we can further improve the experience.”

While the delivery service has no minimum order, Kroger will charge their customers a flat delivery fee of $5.95.