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Future of Autonomous Delivery May Be Unfolding in Suburban Houston


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A Nuro delivery vehicle completing a training route in the Meyerland neighborhood of Houston.

Robotics company Nuro has been field-testing delivery via autonomous vehicles in Houston for several months.

Credit: Annie Mulligan/The Washington Post

For several months, robotics company Nuro has been field-testing delivery via autonomous vehicles (AV) in Houston, with robotic Priuses transporting groceries to restaurants and suburban residences, mapping the city with sensors as they go.

Human drivers and co-drivers currently ride in the vehicles to monitor their operation, take over in case of unexpected obstacles, and help to improve the vehicle's software.

Nuro is competing with companies such as Amazon, Alphabet-owned Waymo, Robomart, General Motors’ Cruise division, Ford-affiliated Argo AI, Starship Technologies, and many others seeking to deploy autonomous vehicles for delivery and passenger transport.

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