FedEx deploys Nuro autonomous delivery vehicle in Houston

FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX) Since April, we have been testing autonomous delivery vehicles in the Houston area. vehicle, Nuro The R2 model delivers parcels as part of a multi-year multi-stage contract to pilot autonomous last mile deliveries.

“We have already started testing FedEx in Houston and have learned and received feedback on its operation. Our goal in this partnership is for costly and difficult deliveries from everyday delivery drivers. It’s about reducing the task, “a Nuro spokeswoman told Modern Shipper.

A FedEx spokeswoman added that pilots “are only targeted at late-night and reserved pick-up and delivery services, which are slow and inefficient for drivers and service providers to process.” I did. Packages are usually smaller and lighter e-commerce packages. “

This is Neuro’s first parcel logistics pilot who announced the news earlier this year when he announced a program with Domino’s Pizza. Autonomous pizza delivery In the Houston area.

“Working with FedEx, the world leader in logistics, is a great opportunity to rethink every aspect of mountain view. This multi-year effort has truly helped Nuro’s powerful technology to do more in new ways. We can offer it to people in the world and eventually reach a major deployment, “said Cosimo Leipold, Head of Partnership for Mountain View in California-based Nuro. “Our collaboration enables us to deliver innovative industry-first products, improve our daily lives and make our communities safer and more environmentally friendly.”

A Nuro spokeswoman did not provide details on the number of vehicles or specific operations, but the two companies said, “We tested and deployed Nuro’s robots together, and over time, logistics and everyday life. Will grow to a scale that will bring about change. “

“This partnership will allow Nuro and FedEx to consider a variety of high-value use cases, such as multi-stop and booking-based delivery,” a spokeswoman told Modern Shipper. “In the subsequent phases of the partnership, FedEx will have access to Nuro’s next-generation self-driving car, eventually reaching the massive rollout of Nuro bots in multiple markets.”

Nuro’s R2 robot is delivering. The R2 is Nuro’s second generation vehicle. The first version, R1, began shipping Kroger in Scottsdale, Arizona in December 2018. The R2 offers more cargo space and longer range. It also provides temperature control for items in the cargo hold.

Nuro received U.S. Department of Transportation Approval Drive a vehicle on the road in early 2020.

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“FedEx is built on innovation and remains an integral part of our culture and business strategy,” said Rebecca Yong, vice president of advanced technology and innovation at FedEx, in a statement. .. “We are excited to work with industry leaders like Nuro as we continue to explore the use of autonomous technology within our business.”

The Domino pilot allows customers to schedule prepaid orders on the Domino website and choose R2 autonomous delivery. In that case, the customer will receive a text message with R2 progress and a unique PIN number so that the bot’s touch screen can be used to retrieve the order from the vehicle.

Nuro is also involved in the CVS pilot program (NYSE: CVS), Wal-Mart (NYSE: WMT) And Chipotle Mexican Grill (NYSE: CMG).

Domino’s has partnered with self-driving car company Nuro to schedule the delivery of pizza to specific customers in Houston using Nuro’s R2 robotic vehicle. (Photo: Nuro)

“We are focusing on partnering with best-in-class companies that foster a culture of innovation and share a vision for the future of autonomous delivery,” added a Nuro spokeswoman. “Nuro and FedEx have a common vision for the future of delivery and community commitment, including hard-working local delivery drivers who deliver packages to people today. Nuro’s technology is FedEx. Helps improve the daily experience of our team members, undertake inefficient deliveries, find new ways to move parcels, and add new capacity to support rapidly growing demand. At the same time, the most convenient. Delivering at a good time brings convenience to FedEx customers. “

November, Nuro $ 500 Million Series C Financing Round, Total funding since its establishment in 2016 has exceeded $ 1 billion. The round, led by funds and accounts advised by T. Rowe Price Associates, also included new investors such as Fidelity Management & Research Co. LLC and Baillie Gifford, as well as existing investors such as SoftBank Vision Fund 1 and Graylock. Investment by Chipotle..

The Nuro pilot is not the first time FedEx has entered the autonomous delivery robot. In 2019, FedEx announced its debut FedExSameDay botDesigned for delivery from retailers to customers’ homes and businesses.

Earlier this year BrightDrop, General Motors (NYSE: GMThe company has announced that FedEx Express has completed its pilot EV600 Electric delivery van. FedEx is planning Second pilot Vehicles that include an innovative electric pallet (EP1) system and associated connectivity services will help delivery drivers maximize efficiency along the route by assisting in proper picking and loading operations. I will.

The EP1 uses an electric hub motor that can power the pallets up to 3.1mph. EP1 is built with four wheels and looks like a rolling box. Featuring adjustable shelves, it can carry up to 200 pounds. You can easily get in and out of the EV600. According to BrightDrop, EP1 pilots with FedEx Express have enabled courier companies to handle 25% more parcels a day.

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