Self-driving tech startup Nuro mentioned on Wednesday it was rolling out California’s first industrial autonomous supply service in partnership with comfort retailer operator 7-Eleven.
Nuro and rivals corresponding to Waymo are launching or planning to launch autonomous supply companies with regulatory approval in the USA, although the companies are restricted or not within the type of driverless autos.
The service will begin with Toyota Priuses transformed into autonomous autos and embrace a security driver to observe the know-how, Nuro mentioned.
“The Priuses are step one in Nuro’s multi-phase strategy to introducing industrial autonomous supply to pick service areas,” Nuro mentioned in a press release, including that the corporate and 7-Eleven will make the joint choice to introduce Nuro’s R2 driverless autos “as quickly as attainable.”
The service might be obtainable to clients in Mountain View the place Nuro is headquartered. It’s already delivering Domino’s Pizza merchandise in Houston, Texas, utilizing its Prius and R2 autos, Nuro mentioned.
7-Eleven is a unit of Japan’s Seven & I Holdings Co .
Nuro was the primary autonomous car startup to get a allow to make use of automated autos for enterprise from the California Division of Motor Automobiles final 12 months in December. Two different corporations, Cruise and Waymo, obtained their permits in September.
Nuro mentioned earlier this month that it raised $600 million and introduced on Alphabet Inc’s Google as an investor.
Alphabet’s self-driving unit Waymo will ship groceries ordered from one of many Safeway shops in San Francisco, utilizing its automated autos, Tekedra Mawakana, co-CEO of Waymo, instructed a Forbes occasion on Tuesday.
Waymo mentioned the service will begin in early 2022 and might be obtainable to pick Waymo and Safeway staff earlier than being launched to extra clients.
Waymo plans to make use of Jaguar I-PACES automated autos with security drivers, and mentioned this marks the primary autonomous grocery supply expertise in San Francisco.