A self-driving technology company has launched a delivery service that's available to members of the public and uses vehicles that have no humans aboard.
Silicon Valley startup Nuro commenced service Tuesday in collaboration with grocery chain Kroger in Scottsdale, Ariz.
Deliveries will be made in a custom-built vehicle known as the R1. Unlike some of the so-called self-driving commercial deployments that have recently started, these vehicles have no human safety drivers aboard.
From Ford's work in Miami with partners such as Domino's Pizza and Postmates to Volkswagen's pilot project optimizing routes in Barcelona, Spain, automakers and tech companies alike see much promise in the potential profits associated with autonomous delivery services. So do grocery stores and big-box retailers, which are both attempting to find ways to compete with Amazon and its Prime subscription service.