Driverless delivery company Nuro became first to gain approval from U.S. Department of Transportation to test vehicle without steering wheels, pedals or side view mirrors on public roads

February 10, 2020

  • Driverless Vehicle Tests – Nuro received exemption from U.S. Department of Transportation and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to road test second generation R2 vehicle for deliveries in Houston, Texas
  • Full Automation – Model weighing about 2,500 pounds (1,150 kg) is first vehicle with no steering wheels, pedals or side view mirrors to be tested on public roads
  • Government Coordination – Company will report about R2’s operations and is permitted to deploy over 5,000 R2 vehicles during its exemption period of two years
  • Safety Features – R2 maintains 360-degree view of road equipped with thermal imaging and RGB cameras, radars and lidar sensors, has front design that can absorb collision impact for pedestrian protection, and driving speed capped at 25 miles per hour
  • Delivery Uses – Has 65% more storing capacity than previous R1, carrying payload of up to 418 pounds (190 kg), and features temperature control in compartment to prevent perishable goods, including groceries and meals, from spoilage
  • Existing Partnerships – Include grocery delivery support for Kroger in 2018, as well as pizza chain Domino’s and giant grocer Walmart

Image Source: Medium

Image Source: Medium

Market Disruption: Next-Generation Logistics
Business Model and Practices: Evolved Distribution Channels
Sectors: Information Technology, Transportation and Logistics, Wholesale and Retail Trade
Functions: Customer Experience and Service, Research and Development, Sales and Distribution Channels
Organizations: U.S. National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration, Nuro Inc., U.S. Department of Transportation

Original Publication Date: February 6, 2020

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