Wednesday, June 23 2021
Orlando, Fla.—This is not just the latest craze. Although most of this technology was in progress, planned and in the books already years ago, this past year and a half made it clear that the time to move into new ways and new technology is now, just as we were forced to work and learn via Zoom. In a time when delivery became almost as important, or maybe more, than having a physical shopping experience, autonomous delivery startups have made their big moves in order to keep up with demand.
Companies like Nuro, the autonomous delivery startup founded in 2016 by former Google engineers Dave Ferguson and Jiajun Zhu, are expanding into parcel logistics, in Nuro’s case, through a partnership with FedEx. The deal with FedEx marks its first step into parcels logistics. The pilot program has already started in Houston, Texas. This multiyear commitment will allow Nuro to bring its technology to more people in new ways, and eventually reach large-scale deployment. Nuro has partnered with CVS, Domino’s and Kroger, as examples. They have always focused its efforts on designing a low-speed electric self-driving vehicle that transports packages, not people. But the operation needs to be more centered on the delivery of groceries, food and even medical supplies.
FedEx has been working internally on its own autonomous sidewalk delivery bot. The idea was for FedEx to provide a way for retailers to accept orders from nearby customers and deliver them by bot directly to customers’ homes or businesses the same day. They revealed to have intentions to work with AutoZone, Lowe’s, Pizza Hut, Target, Walgreens, and Walmart. Their bots have been tested in Memphis, Tennessee; in Plano and Frisco, Texas and Manchester, New Hampshire.
With this new partnership with Nuro, FedEx has made a long-term commitment to use their autonomous bots for last-mile delivery at large scale.
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