The robot in question is the R2, the still unknown version of Nuro's R1, which is about half the size of a sedan and looks like an avant-garde handbag. It is designed exclusively for the transport of goods. There is nowhere to go without even driving. Since last year, he went shopping for Kroger in Scottsdale, Arizona and Houston. For this contract with Domino, hungry robophobes can opt for a human birth. Robot users will receive a code allowing them to enter a robot screen that will open one of its two compartments so that they can recover their processed cheese and so on.
Alex Davies covers autonomous vehicles and other transport machines for WIRED.
For Nino, the Nuro deal is just the latest in a long series of technology-based delivery tactics. In 2017, he launched a short pilot project with Ford's autonomous vehicles in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and collaborated with Starship Technologies to welcome customers with sidewalk delivery robots in Europe. The previous year, in New Zealand, he used drones to move in the skies. Because you may think that it's the seal that kept you from starving after closing the college cafe, Domino's is actually a giant of international logistics.a deal with a shortage of drivers, with about 10,000 positions open in the United States. He hopes that robots, drones or any other element of Silicon Valley can help you.
Nuro refused to share the financial details of the transaction, but given he raised $ 940 million from Softbank In February, the pilot project should not cause much concern. The most important point is to continue to explore new options on how autonomous vehicles can become current businesses that remove people from the street. Since Waymo offers a helpline service in Arizona, May Mobility operates shuttles in Detroit and Rhode Island, and many burglar companies carry goods to Florida and the south-west, Nuro & # 39; It's only the last contract in a self-driving auto industry. This is slowly moving away from the R & D phase. Companies that spend hundreds or even billions of dollars to get the man out of the loop are eager to start making some money.
This new partnership will start modestly, said Cosimo Leipold, head of strategy and partnerships at Nuro. Probably at the start of the fourth quarter, a single R2 vehicle will deliver certain deliveries to one of Domino's Houston locations. The R2 has no room for a security driver inside. The company will send a tracking vehicle to keep an eye on the bot and intervene in case of problems.
As time goes by, Nuro will study how z moves, if his robots require heated compartments, special trays, or a different distribution system. Nuro's customers in grocery stores choose an hour-long delivery window when they place their order, so that they can orchestrate their deliveries throughout the day. "Everything is much more on demand," says Leipold. "With the grocery store, schedules are a little more programmed and less busy." One of the goals of this partnership is to determine how to deliver the expected product by customers over the next half hour, even when half of the neighborhood is spending the same order (dinner) hour.
Be that as it may, Nuro will eventually seek to deploy an appropriate fleet of slice-slings robots, serving several stores. (The startup will start with a company-owned site before looking to work with franchisees, otherwise any technical or operational issues will not hurt the owner of a small business.) And it will work. to take away this pursuit vehicle, says Leipold. Otherwise, the economic situation will simply not work and Nuro's business will shrink faster than Domino's best pepperoni pie.
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Story updated on Tuesday June 18th at 8:26 pm ET to correct the number of founders of Nuro.
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