California’s Division of Motor Vehicles Tuesday authorized autonomous technology startup Nuro to test two driverless delivery automobiles in nine cities, a decision that comes as coronavirus concerns lock down many in the state.
U.S. corporations that ship groceries, essential goods, and take out food are scrambling to search out drivers as well as methods to deliver with zero contact amid the virus pandemic.
Nuro, the second company after Alphabet’s Waymo to receive the states allow, has been allowed to test its low-velocity R2 automobile, about half the width of a daily automobile, without drivers.
It has been testing autonomous automobiles California’s roads with security drivers since 2017. The permit means Nuro can start conducting deliveries with its local retail companions, Estrada added.
Walmart and Domino’s Pizza in 2019 launched pilot delivery tasks with Nuro in Houston.
The permit allows Nuro to test its autos in parts Santa Clara and San Mateo counties, along with elements of Atherton, East Palo Alto, Los Altos, and six different cities.
Nuro, a privately held robotics firm based mostly in Mountain View, California, was permitted by Nationwide Freeway Visitors Security Administration in February to deploy as much as 5,000 low-pace electrical supply automobiles in Houston without human controls similar to mirrors and steering wheels.