Kroger Teams Up With Self-Driving Cars to Deliver Groceries

This week in mobility

Kroger Inks Deal for Grocery Delivery with Self-Driving Cars (ABC / WCPO Cincinnati)

Kroger will conduct a pilot test with Mountain View, California-based Nuro to deliver groceries with fully autonomous vehicles. Kroger isn’t saying where the service will be tested, only that it will be announced soon and begin this fall.

The partnership with Nuro follows a blockbuster announcement last month that Kroger will develop up to 20 robot-powered warehouses in a partnership with Ocado, a British online grocer. Kroger is also acquiring the Chicago-based meal kit company, Home Chef.

Nuro was founded in 2016 by the principal engineers of Google’s self-driving car project. This will be the first application and deployment of Nuro’s hardware and software for commercial use.

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Also in the news…

Tesla’s Chief Information Officer Leaves the Automaker as Part of Reorganization (Eletrek)

Speaking of self-driving cars, Tesla continues to shuffle its organization and people while pursuing their own autonomous vehicle goals.

Unlike most corporations of its size, Tesla only has a handful of c-suite executives and now it has lost a second one this year as Electrek learns that Tesla let go Gary Clark, its Chief Information Officer.

Tesla doesn’t have positions like Chief Operating Officer (COO) or Chief Marketing Officer (CMO).

Instead, the company C-suite executive team is limited to Elon Musk, Chief Executive Officer, JB Straubel, Chief Technology Officer, and Gabrielle Toledano, Chief People Officer.

Read full story here.

Rise Of The Machines: Understanding The Autonomy Levels Of Self-Driving Cars (Forbes)

Automakers are moving at a frenzied pace to add more and more intelligence to their vehicles. However, as cars get smarter and smarter consumers struggle to understand the latest innovations. To help eliminate some of the confusion, the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) International has developed a scale to describe the six different levels of automation for self-driving cars.

  • Level 0: No AutomationYou’re in total control
  • Level 1: Driver AssistanceHands on the wheel, eyes on the road, mind on the situation
  • Level 2: Partial AutomationHands off the wheel, eyes on the road, mind on the situation
  • Level 3: Conditional AutomationHands off the wheel, eyes off the road (sometimes), mind on the situation
  • Level 4:. High AutomationHands off the wheel, eyes off the road, mind on the situation (sometimes)
  • Level 5: Full AutomationNo driver needed

Get full details on these levels of automation here.


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