ARTICLE/ VIDEO. Contractors waste so much time is wasted going to the hardware store. Could this be a solution? Hassett Hardware is already delivering to a Fire Station and a Senior Center …. Imagine how much time this will save contractors!
The first autonomous delivery service in Palo Alto launched at Hassett ACE Hardware 11/29/18. I don’t own a car and I need 4 10 foot lengths of PVC. It would be great to have it delivered! ~ Michelle Dragony
The van, which is a partnership between the hardware store and autonomous-vehicle startup ThorDrive of Mountain View, will make deliveries to about 60 residents of senior-housing complex Channing House and the Palo Alto Fire Department during a monthlong pilot program, store president Eric Hassett said. More at Palo Alto Online.
Farshid Arman, COO of ThorDrive, talks about the company’s new pilot program in connection with Ace Hardware in Palo Alto in which it will be testing out a new delivery service using a driverless van. Video by Palo Alto Online.
The technology has clocked in 10 million self-driving miles on public roads, worked through 20,000 scenarios using National Highway Transportation Safety Administration data to ensure the cars can handle most common scenarios leading to collisions and tested the cars in 25 cities. The company has also recorded 7 billion practice miles driven in simulation.