Jun, 2021 - By WMR
This pair has already begun trials in Houston, where delivery bots from Nuro will soon the incorporated in the tests.
During the past couple years, Nuro – a California based robotics company has been taking certain important strides towards the autonomous delivery’s future through partnering with some major names in the market, and now it's has just landed to what could be its largest catch yet. This startup has signed an agreement with FedEx – a logistics giant, which has steadfast into using Nuro’s vehicles for autonomous delivery at a big scale and for long-term.
Ever since initiating the trials for grocery delivery, in 2018, with Kroger- a supermarket retailer in Arizona, Nuro has continued to conduct trials of similar kinds with Domino's, CVS and Walmart. In a remarkable milestone for this industry, Nuro also recently received the exemption for the first time for autonomous vehicle R2 pod from the US Department of Transport, whose testing has begun on the Houston streets last year. The FedEx, as well, has dipped their toes within the pond of autonomous delivery. The company, in 2019 unveiled, a prototype of delivery pod which was battery-electric - SameDay Bot, which rolls down the roadsides and sidewalks to complete the deliveries of last-mile, same-day.
FedEx will be tasking vehicles by Nuro with the same responsibility, accounting them in its existing convoy of over 200,000 vehicles along with using them for carrying out deliveries of last-mile. This pair has already begun trials in Houston, where delivery bots from Nuro will soon the incorporated in the tests, scaling up from here, targeting market and cases of specific use. Beyond this, the specifics are rather scarce regarding what types of vehicles will be utilized, and when the consumers of FedEx might expect pod from Nuro to drop a parcel at the door. The Nuro is not expecting its technology to enhance the efficiency of e FedEx's, however, improving its capacities and opening novel delivery methods.