Thursday, August 11, 2022

Nuro and 7-Eleven launch autonomous Delivery Service in California

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.

“7‑Eleven has owned and defined convenience since 1927,” … “Our first foray into autonomous delivery was in 2016, when 7‑Eleven became the first retailer in the U.S. to make a drone delivery to a customer’s house. Since then, we haven’t stopped looking for ways to redefine convenience for our customers inside and outside the four walls of our stores.”

Raghu Mahadevan, chief digital officer at 7‑Eleven Chief Digital Officer.

“With the announcement of our first commercial deployment with 7-Eleven, Nuro is embarking on a real path towards the widespread deployment of our service,”

Jiajun Zhu, co-founder and CEO of Nuro

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.

“The delivery service will begin with our fleet of Prius vehicles in fully autonomous mode, followed by our custom-designed electric R2 autonomous vehicles,”

“Residents in the state of California – a major hub of innovation – have never been able to experience the commercial delivery of goods by an autonomous vehicle,”

“We’ve always wanted to bring Nuro’s autonomous delivery to our local community and to our neighbors,” he added. “We couldn’t be more excited to do this with an iconic neighborhood store like 7‑Eleven in our hometown, Mountain View.”

Jiajun Zhu, co-founder and CEO of Nuro

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.

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