Kroger will use autonomous vehicles to deliver groceries this fall

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Most coverage of autonomous vehicles has focused on cars with human passengers in them. But there's also a big opportunity to use autonomous vehicles to transform the retail sector. And one promising company in that emerging industry is Nuro, a startup founded by two early members of the Google self-driving car team.

Now Nuro is announcing its first commercial partnership: with Kroger, one of the nation's leading grocery chains. Starting this fall, Kroger plans to start delivering groceries to customers using Nuro's autonomous vehicles.

Initially, the partnership will only be active in a single market—the companies haven't yet said which city that will be. But Nuro's goal is to eventually provide service across Kroger's entire retail footprint.

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