May 12, 2022
NowRX, a technology-powered pharmacy looking to provide same-day prescription delivery and telehealth services, has partnered with Hyundai Motor Group to explore the use of new solutions in the delivery of prescription medications, including autonomous vehicles.
The two companies plan to launch the project later this year, serving two micro-fulfillment centers in the Los Angeles area. The pilot includes aspects of automated dispatch, fleet management and other last-mile optimization technologies, with the extended scope to test autonomous vehicle technologies in the future.
Supported by Hyundai’s Innovation division, NowRX plans to combine its proprietary pharmacy management of system “QuickFill” capabilities and Hyundai’s mobility solutions.
“Autonomous vehicles are part of our long-term strategic vision for NowRx to further reduce delivery costs at scale,” said Cary Breese, CEO and co-founder of NowRx. “We can’t imagine a better company to work with than [Hyundai Group], which has demonstrated substantial leadership in the autonomous vehicle, and other robotics and automation areas.”
“[We expec] this collaboration with NowRx to help expand our mobility business model beyond the anticipated industry,” said Minsung Kim, vice president of Hyundai Motor Group and head of the Open Innovation Strategy Team. “We believe a new opportunity with the technologically innovative e-pharmacy Now RX, that uniquely integrates pharmacy management and delivery services, supports our movement toward Smart Mobility Solutions Provider.”
NowRx uses proprietary software and customized dispensing robotics to provide free same-day prescription delivery and telehealth services. The company’s QuickFill system automates prescription processing and dispensing in under 30 seconds, while minimizing common pharmacy errors and reducing dispensing costs to a fraction of major retail chains. NowRx is local to the areas it services, and uses its own HIPAA-certified employees to deliver medications. The company has 8 DEA-licensed micro-fulfillment pharmacies located in the San Francisco Bay Area, Orange County, Los Angeles, and Phoenix.