Walmart in the U.S. has partnered with robotics company Nuro to pilot a program for autonomous grocery delivery to Houston, TX customers.
Walmart is committed to serving our customers whenever and however they choose to shop,” said Tom Ward, Walmart’s SVP of digital operations. “We are excited to work with Nuro and continue to learn as we are incorporating self-driving technology in our delivery options, learning more about our customers’ needs, and evolving Walmart’s future delivery offerings.”
In the coming months, the autonomous delivery service will be available to Houston customers who have opted into the program.
The service will use R2, Nuro’s custom-built delivery vehicle that carries only products with no onboard driver or passengers, and autonomous Toyota Priuses, all powered by Nuro’s proprietary self-driving software and hardware.
Initially the service will be available to a select group of participants who have chosen to opt-in to the service. The service plans to expand to the general public later in 2020.