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It’s not that I’m lazy; I’ve merely chosen the contemplative life. One of the annoyances I most dread is peeling my fat derriere off the couch to buy a few more palettes of Funyuns and Coke Zero. Thankfully, Silicon Valley is working on a solution.
Kroger has joined the robotics company Nuro to launch a self-driving grocery delivery pilot program in Scottsdale, AZ. The service debuts today, serving the zip code around one Kroger store (known in Arizona as Fry’s Food Stores). A customer simply orders their groceries online via the Fry’s website or smartphone app and a Nuro robot drops off the food at their home. The delivery charge is $5.95.
The Phoenix area has been a hub for driverless cars, with Uber, Apple, and Google’s Waymo using the area for testing. In my hometown of Mesa, AZ, I see the cars on nearly every drive I take. The only annoyance is getting stuck behind one because they tend to be overly cautious. (I’m an impatient jerk and their sensors don’t recognize middle fingers.)