FedEx and Nuro Launch Pilot Program to Test Autonomous Delivery Vehicle


FedEx has announced a new multi-year agreement with autonomous driving technology company Nuro to test its autonomous delivery vehicle as part of a pilot program. According to FedEx, the deal includes a multi-phased deal that will allow the company to assess ways in which it could use Nuro’s autonomous vehicle. The pilot program is taking place in Houston.

FedEx has explored ways in which autonomous technologies can be integrated into its business, including the potential use of autonomous vehicles to make same-day and appointment-based package deliveries. This is, however, an important milestone for Nuro, marking its first expansion into the world of parcel logistics.

Nuro has already partnered with companies in other industries, including reputable companies such as CVS and Walmart. The company’s self-driving vehicle looks a bit unusual compared to other cars on the street, and that’s because it serves a unique purpose: it’s designed only to transport things, not people. As a result, Nuro is narrower than typical delivery cars, and due to its electric nature, it has zero emissions.

Vehicles like this could one day be the common way to have items delivered to your home, including everything from a hot meal to your prescriptions and other orders. There is a downside right now though, which is that the customer has to get out of the vehicle and collect their package – an issue that could also be resolved in the future for those with mobility issues.

Speaking of this new deal, Cosimo Leipold de Nuro mentionned:

Working with FedEx, the global leader in logistics, is an incredible opportunity to rethink all aspects of local delivery. This multi-year commitment will allow us to truly collaborate and bring Nuro’s powerful technology to more people in new ways, and eventually achieve large-scale deployment. Our collaboration will help deliver innovative and innovative product offerings that will improve everyday life and help make communities safer and greener.


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