It may be some time before self-driving cars are carrying passengers in any great numbers, but groceries may be a different matter.
Texas grocer H-E-B is launching a pilot program to test delivery service using self-driving technology.
The San Antonio-based company will use an autonomous delivery vehicle from Udelv, a California company that builds automated vehicles for last- and middle-mile deliveries. Udelv is working with several other retailers, including Walmart, NAPA Auto Parts and Delivery Guys.
Earlier this year, Kroger started autonomous grocery deliveries in Houston using self-driving vehicles from Nuro.
The H-E-B and Kroger pilots both include a safety driver in the vehicles with longer-term plans to run them fully driverless.
The Udelv vehicles have climate-controlled compartments that can hold multiple food orders and can travel at city street and highway speeds.
Deliveries, slated to start later this year, will serve select customers just north of downtown San Antonio.