CVS Pharmacy Tests Self-Driving Vehicle Delivery for Prescriptions
Retail Dive | June 1, 2020
The CVS Pharmacy partnership comes as Nuro makes headway in the autonomous vehicles market. Nuro, a delivery robotics startup, announced a partnership with CVS Pharmacy to test prescription deliveries in the Houston market. In June, the company will use its fleet of autonomous vehicles to transport prescriptions and essential items to CVS customers, according to a company press release.
As part of the pilot, customers in three different zip codes in Houston can order prescriptions and other items via the CVS Pharmacy app or website, select the autonomous delivery option and confirm their identity to retrieve their order. Nuro noted in a Medium post that its autonomous Prius vehicles will deliver orders to CVS customers within three hours for free during the initial pilot program.
"We are seeing an increased demand for prescription delivery," Ryan Rumbarger, senior vice president of store operations for CVS Health, said in a statement. "We want to give our customers more choice in how they can quickly access the medications they need."