Nuro and 7-Eleven announced that they plan to launch what they claimed is “the first autonomous commercial delivery in the state of California.” Customers in Mountain View, California, will now be able to order items to be delivered through the 7NOW app.
Irving, Texas-based 7-Eleven worked with Flirtey on the drone deliveries, while Mountain View-based Nuro has also partnered with FedEx, Kroger, and Domino’s Pizza.
All of Nuro’s Priuses will include a safety driver to monitor the technology and ensure an optimal delivery experience as the service is introduced in the Mountain View area, noted 7-Eleven.
The R2 bots are built to transport products and goods without any occupants in the vehicle. In December 2020, Nuro said it became the first autonomous vehicle company to receive a deployment permit from the California DMV, enabling the launch of its service in collaboration with 7‑Eleven.
7-Eleven customers in the select service area can browse the 7NOW delivery app to purchase snacks, food, and household items, with autonomous delivery as an option at checkout. Such deliveries are available from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. PT at no additional charge, said 7-Eleven.
The app will send updates as an order is processed, and 7-Eleven said it will arrive within about 30 minutes. Customers can then retrieve items from the back or compartment of the autonomous vehicles.