One of the nation's largest grocers has started using driverless cars to deliver groceries.
Ohio-based Kroger has been testing the autonomous vehicles in Scottsdale, Ariz., and this month said it would expand the service to Houston. Other cities are expected to follow.
Kroger has teamed with Nuro, a robotics company, utilizing Toyota Priuses as well as Nuro's custom-built R1 vehicle to make deliveries to customers.
"We've seen first-hand in Arizona how enthusiastic customers are about getting their Kroger groceries delivered by a Nuro self-driving vehicle," Nuro co-founder Dave Ferguson said in a written statement. "Texas has been a leader in encouraging self-driving innovation, and we're excited to help deliver that future for Houston — a dynamic, diverse and welcoming metropolitan city that we're excited to soon explore and serve with this autonomous delivery service."
There's a $5.95 delivery charge for each order. No minimum purchase is required.
Kroger has more than 100 stores in the Houston area, making it one of the grocer's largest markets.
Nationwide, Kroger operates 2,000-plus supermarkets. In addition to its namesake stores, Kroger also owns a number of other well-known U.S. chains, including Fred Meyer, Fry's, Harris Teeter, King Soopers, Ralphs and Smith's.