Your next FedEx package may arrive courtesy self-driving vehicles

FedEx Corp has partnered with robotics company Nuro. Fedex and Nuro will test self-drive vehicles for package delivery.Self-drive vehicles could be co
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FedEx Corp and robotics company Nuro on Tuesday announced a multi-year agreement to test self-driving vehicles in the package delivery company's network, starting with a pilot program in Houston.

The partnership comes as parcel companies race to reduce the cost of last-mile delivery, which surged during the pandemic.

The companies will target delivery scenarios where Nuro's low-speed, unmanned vehicle can provide "the biggest bang for your buck," Cosimo Leipold, Nuro's head of partnerships, told Reuters in an interview.

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That will likely include inefficient tasks like late-night pickups in out-of-the-way places, said Rebecca Yeung, FedEx vice president for advanced technology and innovation.

"Instead of dispatching a driver to get those packages, a device like Nuro could be super helpful," said Yeung, who called the FedEx/Nuro tie-up a "very serious, long-term commitment" that aims to reduce headaches, not human drivers.

Nuro vehicles are already making deliveries for U.S. supermarket operator Kroger Co and Domino's Pizza Inc in the Houston area. Nuro continues to test its technology in Arizona.

Nuro, whose R2 unit has space for delivery cargo but not a human driver, said last year it has raised $500 million.

In a separate project, FedEx is using DEKA Research & Development Corp's smaller robot, dubbed "Roxo," for on-demand, same-day deliveries in Plano, Texas.

Rival United Parcel Service Inc is centering its unmanned delivery efforts on drones.

UPS has ordered electric delivery vans from British startup Arrival. Those vehicles are fitted with sensors and cameras that should gradually enable autonomous features, but will still require a human driver.

Transporting people via self-driving taxis is proving more difficult and expensive than delivering packages and food. As a result, freight and logistics companies are exploring ways to roll out the technology on predictable and simple routes, including on highways.

First Published Date: 16 Jun 2021, 09:00 AM IST
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