Politics FedEx testing self-driving delivery vehicles in Houston

21:55  15 june  2021
21:55  15 june  2021 Source:   thehill.com

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FedEx has partnered with a robotics company to test a driverless delivery service in Houston, Texas, according to a report from Reuters published Tuesday.

a sign on the side of a van: FedEx testing self-driving delivery vehicles in Houston © getty FedEx testing self-driving delivery vehicles in Houston

Fedex and the robotics company Nuro agreed on a multi-year contract to start a test pilot program.

The robotics company's co-founder, Dave Ferguson, shared the news in a blog post saying that their company goal is to help communities and make the FedEx's employees' daily work easier with this program.

"This is a big moment for us. Our vision for the future - a better everyday life through robotics - is gathering momentum. It's exciting and humbling, all at once," Ferguson said.

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"We know there's a great amount of work to be done, but we're ready for it, and times like this remind us that it's all worth it. FedEx lives to deliver, and soon, it will be delivering with the help of Nuro's bots."

Due to the surge of last-mile delivery in the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, many shipping companies are trying to reduce the cost, Reuters noted.

Both FedEx and Nuro will use low-speed vehicles to address inefficient tasks such as late-night pickups in places that are "out-of-the-way," according to Reuters.

"Instead of dispatching a driver to get those packages, a device like Nuro could be super helpful," Rebecca Yeung, FedEx vice president for advanced technology and innovation told Reuters.

The news comes after Nuro partnered with pizza chain Dominos in April for a similar test pilot program in the Houston area.

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