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Nuro and 7-Eleven launch California autonomous delivery service

Self-driving tech startup Nuro explained on Wednesday it was rolling out California’s 1st industrial autonomous shipping and delivery provider in partnership with advantage shop operator seven-Eleven.

Nuro and rivals these types of as Waymo are launching or preparing to launch autonomous shipping and delivery companies with regulatory approval in the United States, however the companies are minimal or not in the variety of driverless vehicles.

The provider will start off with Toyota Priuses converted into autonomous vehicles and involve a security driver to keep an eye on the know-how, Nuro explained.

“The Priuses are the 1st move in Nuro’s multi-section strategy to introducing industrial autonomous shipping and delivery to choose provider areas,” Nuro explained in a assertion, incorporating that the corporation and seven-Eleven will make the joint decision to introduce Nuro’s R2 driverless vehicles “as quickly as attainable.”

The provider will be out there to buyers in Mountain Look at wherever Nuro is headquartered. It is currently delivering Domino’s Pizza goods in Houston, Texas, applying its Prius and R2 vehicles, Nuro explained.

seven-Eleven is a unit of Japan’s Seven & I Holdings Co .

Nuro was the 1st autonomous car startup to get a permit to use automatic vehicles for enterprise from the California Office of Motor Vehicles previous calendar year in December. Two other companies, Cruise and Waymo, been given their permits in September.

Nuro explained before this month that it elevated $600 million and introduced on Alphabet Inc’s Google as an trader.

Alphabet’s self-driving unit Waymo will supply groceries purchased from just one of the Safeway shops in San Francisco, applying its automatic vehicles, Tekedra Mawakana, co-CEO of Waymo, explained to a Forbes celebration on Tuesday.

Waymo explained the provider will start off in early 2022 and will be out there to choose Waymo and Safeway employees before staying launched to extra buyers.

Waymo plans to use Jaguar I-PACES automatic vehicles with security motorists, and explained this marks the 1st autonomous grocery shipping and delivery experience in San Francisco.