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Walmart Pilots Nuro Autonomous Delivery in Houston

December 11, 2019

Nuro, a robotics company transforming local commerce, and Walmart are collaborating to bring grocery delivery to Houston-based customers. The pilot program will offer a new, affordable and accessible delivery option to a select group of Walmart customers in Houston through Nuro’s autonomous vehicles.

“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.

“Walmart’s dedication to its customers aligns with our desire to help people save time and money while making shopping easier. We are excited to join forces with Walmart to help provide the best possible delivery experience to customers,” said Cosimo Leipold, Nuro’s head of partner relations. “Working alongside Walmart gives us an incredible opportunity to improve our door-to-door operations, serve Walmart’s loyal customers, and continue to integrate and engage with the Houston community.”

Walmart grocery delivery service brings customers the convenience of shopping when and where they want for quality, fresh produce, meat, seafood and bakery items, along with pantry staples, consumables and select general merchandise.

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.

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