Nuro, a self-driving car developer, obtains a commercial development permit on public roads to realize an unmanned delivery service

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On December 23, 2020 local time, California-based self-driving car development startup

Nuro announced that it had 'obtained permission from the California Department of Motor Vehicles to commercialize self-driving cars on public roads.' did. This will allow Nuro not only to test drive on public roads, but also to collect fees from customers to provide self-driving car services.

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Nuro is a startup founded in 2016 by two engineers who belonged to Google's self-driving car development team, and has aimed to develop delivery services by unmanned vehicles. In 2018, ademonstration experiment was conducted in Arizona in partnership with a major American supermarket Kroger .

In February 2020, Nuro's unmanned delivery vehicle ' R2 ' was certified by the US Department of Transportation as exempt from safety regulations . This eliminates the need for the R2 to be equipped with the side mirrors and clear windshield required for traditional vehicles, and was approved for unmanned driving testing in California in April.

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And on December 23, Nuro finally received a 'permit to deploy self-driving cars on public roads' from the California Department of Motor Vehicles. This permit is different from the test permit that manufacturers receive to verify technology on public roads, and allows manufacturers to use autonomous driving technology commercially outside the test program.

Under this permit, Nuro will be able to deploy self-driving cars in some areas of Santa Clara and San Mateo counties in California. The maximum speed that can be traveled is 25 mph (about 40 km), and it is only possible to drive on roads with a speed limit of 35 mph (about 56 km) or less when the weather is good. Nuro will soon deploy a fully autonomous mode Prius-based vehicle, followed by a custom-designed R2.

'Public safety of vehicles is a vehicle management priority and we will not lightly issue these permits. Nuro is on public roads in California,' said Steve Gordon, director of the California Department of Motor Vehicles. We met the requirements of the Vehicle Management Department to obtain a permit to test unmanned delivery vehicles. '

Nuro's Chief Legal and Policy Officer, David Estrada, said that Nuro, like the California Department of Motor Vehicles, focuses on the safety of self-driving cars, and the R2 was designed with safety in mind. Claims to be. Estrada commented that the R2 was designed to prioritize people on the road, rather than inside the vehicle.

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A few hours before the announcement, Nuro announced the acquisition of Ike , a startup that develops self-driving trucks.

Welcome Ike. Two and a half years ago, JZ and I met… | by Dave Ferguson | Nuro | Dec, 2020 | Medium

Our next chapter. Today we're excited to announce that… | by Ike | Ike Blog | Dec, 2020 | Medium

Nuro acquires self-driving truck startup Ike | VentureBeat

'Our company already has a lot in common. We share values, complement our expertise, and have technology with the same DNA,' Ike said. Originally, Nuro co-founder Dave Ferguson and Ike co-founder Jur van den Bergh had a personal connection and wrote a treatise together during their PhD at university. He said he had been friends since then. 'The addition of Ike's team and their expertise has expanded the range of possible applications and we look forward to everything we can achieve together,' said Ferguson.

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