Nuro robotics company received the first ever permit to deploy its vehicles Autonomous driving Commercially in California, allowing Silicon Valley to charge customers for driverless delivery.
Nuro is now the first company in California to be permitted to operate self-driving cars commercially and charge people for service.
Reliance on a remote human operator – who can control many autonomous vehicles from miles away – is a step that opens a profit path in the emerging field of autonomous technology.
Nuro has been testing autonomous vehicles on California roads with safety drivers since 2017, and was authorized by state regulators to test two driverless vehicles in nine cities earlier this year.
The company said: It is launching delivery service via its self-driving Toyota Prius, then later added its low-speed R2, which has no pedals or steering wheel and provides room only for packages.
Last month, Nuro raised nearly $ 500 million in a funding round, driven by massive support for e-commerce in light of the coronavirus pandemic.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration allowed Nuro, a private company based in Mountain View, in February to deploy as many as 5,000 low-speed electric delivery cars in Houston without human controls like mirrors and steering wheels.
And it allows The permitThe company operates its own delivery service in parts of Santa Clara and San Matteo counties, which means most Silicon Valley and its workers will be within its range, but not San Francisco or Oakland.
Nuro, which was established in June 2016, plans to start commercial deliveries early next year.
The announcement marks a milestone for Nuro, which earlier announced that it had acquired autonomous truck company Ike, achieving some major state and federal regulatory victories.