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Kroger expands autonomous grocery delivery

The Kroger Co. and Nuro, a robotics company transforming local commerce, have launched their autonomous grocery delivery service in Houston, TX, the second market for Kroger and Nuro's delivery service, and the first public use of Nuro's self-driving fleet in the city.Nuro-1

Kroger and Nuro's innovative service provides a new type of delivery service option for Houston residents. Like the first pilot market in Scottsdale, AZ, Kroger and Nuro are starting the service with Nuro's manual and self-driving Toyota Prius fleet, and will introduce the next generation of Nuro's custom driverless vehicle later this year.

"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 Dave Ferguson, Nuro co-founder. "We are excited to introduce Houston to our time-saving service that provides customers with their groceries quickly and safely."

"We're excited to launch our autonomous vehicle delivery pilot with Nuro in Houston, a leading city that embraces innovation and technology," said Marlene Stewart, Kroger's Houston division president. "Kroger continues to redefine the customer experience, and we're thrilled to provide our customers with a new way to have their groceries delivered. We thank Texas Governor Greg Abbott, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, and the Houston community for being terrific partners and for supporting consumer-focused robotics."