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Nuro has unveiled its third-generation autonomous delivery vehicle. The new flagship model, called simply Nuro, offers twice the cargo volume of the company’s second generation vehicle.
The new model will be able to reach a top operating speed of 45mph.
Nuro is also announcing it will use 100% renewable energy for all vehicle charging and facilities for the first time starting this month.
Safety enhancements will include an external air bag to further improve safety for pedestrians outside the vehicle, as well as a multi-modal sensing suite, including cameras, radars, lidar and thermal cameras, creating a redundant 360-degree view of the world to keep track of its surroundings.
The new model will be produced in a supplier partnership with BYD North America, and completed at Nuro’s new $40 million end-of-line manufacturing facility and closed-course test track in southern Nevada.
The facilities have the capacity to manufacture and test tens of thousands of delivery vehicles per year to ensure they are ready for deployment.
Dave Ferguson, Nuro co-founder and president, says: “Five years ago, we set out to build an autonomous vehicle and delivery service designed to run errands, giving people back valuable time. Through our strategic partnerships with Domino’s, FedEx, Kroger, 7-Eleven and more, we are doing just that—improving road safety, sustainability and overall access to goods delivery.”
Her adds: “With the introduction of our new flagship model and the ground-breaking of our new production facility—one of the industry’s first end-of-line manufacturing facilities in America—we are excited about the opportunity to fulfill our vision of improving everyday life through autonomous delivery at scale.”
“BYD attaches great importance to this collaboration with Nuro. As one of the world’s leading electric vehicle manufacturers and a turnkey solution provider, BYD will leverage the manufacturing capacity of its Lancaster facility to support Nuro and bring more jobs to California,” comments Stella Li, Executive Vice President of BYD Co. Ltd. and President of BYD Motors Inc. “We are confident the development of this transformative autonomous delivery vehicle will create a better environment for us all.”
In August, 2021, Nuro announced its plans to build a manufacturing facility and test track in southern Nevada.
The facilities are expected to be fully operational this year and will allow the company to manufacture its autonomous vehicles.