Kroger Brings Autonomous Grocery Delivery to Houston

After Arizona rollout, the driverless service expands to Texas and plans to enter other markets.

April 22, 2019

HOUSTON — Kroger has rolled out a driverless delivery service to consumers in Houston, the retailers second-biggest market, according to Food Navigator.

In partnership with Nuro, a robotic company, Kroger introduced self-driving deliveries to one ZIP code in Scottsdale, Arizona, last year. By December, the two companies announced that its fleet of self-driving Toyota Prius cars had successfully completed about 1,000 deliveries.

Later this year, Nuro will introduce a custom autonomous vehicle dubbed R1 that has a smaller footprint than a standard car, plus two interior compartments that can transport as many as 12 grocery bags of food. Company officials say the service will expand to other markets in the future, but they haven’t shared the details.

Kroger’s interest in technology continues to grow. The company has partnered with Ocado, an independent online grocer that focuses on home delivery of high-quality foods and household items, to build three automated distribution centers to handle online orders. Kroger also teamed up with Microsoft, making Microsoft Azure the retailer’s primary cloud platform.