FedEx and autonomous driving tech developer Nuro are launching a “long-term” partnership that will use its small robotic vehicles that look a bit like toasters on wheels to handle last-mile parcel deliveries.
“It’s a strategic partnership with significant commitments on both sides, targeted-use cases and markets, and ambitious scale,” Nuro said in a blog post. “We’ve already begun testing with FedEx in Houston, learning about their operations and getting their feedback. Over time, we’ll test and deploy Nuro’s robots together and grow to a scale that will be transformative for logistics and for everyday life.”
The program is an expansion for Nuro into same-day parcel deliveries from groceries and food orders. Initial testing began in Houston in April, according to FedEx. Neither it nor Nuro is sharing financial details of the project, or precisely how many delivery vehicles will be involved.