Walmart Ready to Test Driverless Delivery Robots in Houston

Walmart is going to test its driverless delivery robots in a big way. Nuro is expanding its pilot delivery service in Houston, Texas. The big-box retailer is reportedly using Nuro’s self-driving R1 vehicle to help supplement its delivery duties. The autonomous grocery delivery system will include Walmart customers. Walmart has been making grocery deliveries in Houston with its fleet of autonomous Toyota Prius vehicles since March.  However, the company has not mentioned how the customers would enroll, but it is likely to say that the Houston inhabitants will get the service in the “coming weeks.”


Houstonians can have their groceries delivered by Walmart in either of the company’s two types of vehicles, a Toyota Prius equipped with self-driving hardware and software or the R2 that look like a big lunchbox. The company claimed that the service would reach the general public in late 2020. This year, Nuro has performed very well, expanding its delivery tests. It also received a $1 billion investment from the Japanese tech company SoftBank.


In the industry of driver-less vehicles, Nuro is a well-known name that has been delivering good quality, fully driverless vehicles. The R2 vehicle is shorter in size than most cars, and there is no room inside for human passengers or drivers. It is an updated version of Nuro’s original R1 prototype. It is capable of carrying 18 more grocery bags than R1 because of having 50 per cent more capacity. It may not have room for a human driver, but Nuro uses to chase vehicles with human drivers along with remote technology to monitor them.


Walmart and Nuro will be able to develop and refine their services by this test run. It will also provide the best “end-to-end” experience for shoppers. Nuro’s present vehicles are comparatively slow, and there are several challenges to overcome. The company declared to increase its test fleet standard cars equipped with self-driving hardware and software to about 50. They will be operated on public roads in Texas, California, and Arizona.