Nuro has received a permit to deploy autonomous vehicles on public streets from the California Department of Motor Vehicles. This permit allows its vehicles to operate commercially on California roads in two counties near its headquarters in the Bay Area.
Nuro says it will soon we will announce its first deployment in California with an established partner. The service will start with a fleet of Toyota Prius vehicles in fully autonomous mode, followed by its custom-designed electric R2 vehicles.
In a blog, David Estrada, Chief Legal & Policy Officer at Nuro, writes: ‘Driverless delivery will have a big impact for Californians in the coming years. Services like Nuro’s will provide contactless access to goods in our communities. A parent in Mountain View will be able to get the week’s groceries delivered, without bundling the family into the car. A grandmother in East Palo Alto will gain access to affordable home delivery of everyday necessities. And a young woman in San Jose will get the opportunity to start a new career overseeing the operation of a driverless fleet of vehicles that will deliver on these promises’.
He adds: ‘We’re excited to see these benefits grow into the everyday lives of the people in our communities, in the places we also call home’.
Nuro has been testing its R2 delivery AVs in three U.S. states: California; Arizona and Texas.