CVS Pharmacy has teamed with startup Nuro to deliver medications and other items via autonomous vehicles in Houston, Texas. Nuro has been quite active in the area as its autonomous vehicles have delivered things like groceries from Kroger and Domino’s Pizza.
The pilot program will launch this month and be free to customers who place orders using CVS.com or the CVS Pharmacy app. Prescriptions and non-prescription items are delivered curbside in under three hours. To ensure the security of their medications, customers will need to confirm their identity to unlock the delivery when Nuro’s autonomous vehicle arrives at their location.
“CVS has been at the forefront of delivery innovation; it was the first company to make prescription home-delivery a nationwide option in 2018. They’re dedicated to integrating new digital options for their customers and have continually invested in delivery,” said Nuro in a blog post.
Nuro Vehicles to be Toyota Prius and the Company’s R2
According to Nuro, they will first use Toyota Prius vehicles equipped with self-driving technology for the deliveries. They will then eventually use the R2, its custom-built autonomous delivery vehicle. As a precaution, during the testing, a Nuro employee will be in the vehicle at all times.
“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, “ said Nuro.