Someday soon, the R2 will deliver Rx.
Self-driving delivery company Nuro said Thursday it will start a pilot project to test autonomous prescription deliveries in the Houston area. Working with CVS Pharmacy, the company will use its Toyota Prius test vehicles — and later its R2 vehicle prototypes — to make deliveries.
Executives from the two companies said the pilot program will operate from a single store, reaching customers across three ZIP codes.
The partnership comes at a time when consumers are showing increased interest in delivery services for goods to groceries. Nuro already has partnerships with Walmart and Kroger.
Expanding into health care is perhaps a natural next step for Nuro amid a pandemic that might leave many leery of waiting in lines in a brick-and-mortar pharmacy.
“We are seeing an increased demand for prescription delivery,” Ryan Rumbarger, senior vice president of store operations for CVS, said in a statement. “We want to give our customers more choice…