Nuro offers autonomous prescription delivery

Autonomous driving tech company Nuro is using its autonomous vehicles to deliver prescriptions for the US national pharmacy chain CVS Pharmacy across three postal codes in Houston, Texas. 

In its blog, Nuro stated that CVS customers place their orders for prescription and non-prescription items on the CVS website or mobile app. They have the option for autonomous delivery.

The Nuro blog stated, “one of Nuro’s autonomous Prius vehicles will deliver the purchase curbside at the customer’s address within three hours. To ensure the security of their prescriptions, customers will need to confirm their identification to unlock their delivery when Nuro’s autonomous vehicle arrives curbside at their preferred location. During the pilot, deliveries will be free to all CVS Pharmacy customers.

“As with all our pilots, we will begin service with our autonomous Prius fleet to make deliveries, before introducing deliveries with R2, our custom-built delivery bot.”

The Nuro blog concluded, “We see this moment as an important stepping stone toward delivering all kinds of goods, beyond food and groceries. It is progress towards building a future, where through moving goods instead of people, we can lessen the need for unnecessary trips, save time, and create a safer and more convenient way of getting the things we need.”