The largest Kroger grocery stores in the United States began to provide services for the delivery of goods with the help of unmanned cars NURRO R1.
So far, the fully automated service is tested in Arizona. On the website of one of the stores in Phoenix, belonging to Kroger Co., customers can order goods with delivery to the house, and if the destination is located within a radius of 1.3 km from the warehouse, it will bring it a unmanned car. To ensure safety, the NURO R1 speed may not exceed 40 km / h, and its compact size provides good maneuverability. About the departure and arrival of the vehicle buyers are informed by SMS.
Since the system is at the test stage, at first, an unmanned NURO will follow the car with employees of the company, which are observed for its movement and, if necessary, can take control over or stop R1. According to the managers, such measures are more damaged not by the threat of an accident, but a disadvantage of existing unmanned control systems. For example, when a demonstration launch, the vehicle stopped due to the discharged battery, and it had to push it manually.
KROGER representatives say that with the help of unmanned cars, they plan to reduce the cost of delivering daily goods and improve existing automated systems. However, it is noted that in the process of introduction, they encountered a variety of problems, the main of which were state laws and weather. It was because of these factors that it was decided to test innovation in Arizona.
Previously, we reported that a similar delivery system