College campuses and technology centers in various California cities have watched delivery robots slowly take over the streets.
Although so far these units robotic and autonomous vehicles They have only operated with partial permits to be able to check their proper functioning in controlled areas, pilot projects are now coming to an end.
Nuro, an emerging company specialized in automated solutions for delivery, has recently managed to obtain accreditation to use your R2 model in commercial initiatives. That is to say, the company can now start using its autonomous vehicles to capitalize on the transportation sector.
This news has not only aroused great interest from the staff of the technology company. Is the first permit of its kind to be granted in the state according to the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). This is why industry analysts, managers of rival companies, Investors and specialized journalists understand the granting of the permit as a historical hito: A further step is being taken towards the generalization of these systems.
On the other hand, long-term, obtaining this special permit from Nuro means that technology has managed to pass very strict tests. Some of the pitfalls that were on the way have been overcome. Road and pedestrian safety, economic viability, and the sustainability of autonomous vehicles for distribution of goods is adequately attested.
And although from the DMV the director of the entity, Steve Gordon, was quick to guarantee that industry standards are adaptable and will continue to tighten to ensure the common good, in Nuro they celebrate being the pioneers in the commercial world.
For Nuro developers (engineers, designers, programmers and others), is the climax of a series of tests that started in 2017. At that time they obtained their first permit to circulate with the R2. It was an exemption from the traffic regulations that allowed the experimental vehicle to roll freely in urban traffic while a crew member monitored that everything was developed in accordance with the highway code.
These first tests were the longest. A multitude of tweaks to the navigation system were required for the Nuro R2 to function according to DMV requirements. Once the adjustments made the autonomous vehicle behave like any other car on the road, those responsible for Nuro requested a new permit with greater freedoms.
This was granted in April 2020. During the worst moments of the pandemic in the US. UU., there were few cars that drove on California highways, but some of those who did it were the R2. There was no contradiction in allowing these tests during quarantine, because this vehicle no longer required a driver.
Preliminary results were very positive and encouraging. With the information collected during this second stage of the tests required by the DMV for the final certification, Nuro managed to attract the interest of investors. In a funding round held in the first half of 2020, got 500 millions of dollars for the Nuro R2 to finally roll through the streets of Mountain View, city where the start-up have its headquarter.
Nuro will begin to offer its food delivery service, medicines and other items this year by subscription. At first it will do so using a small fleet of Toyota Prius driving in autonomous mode, and shortly after the long-awaited R2 robotic autonomous vehicles will come into operation.
In 2021 this service will be available in Mountain View Y, maybe towards the last trimester, in another nearby city not yet announced.
Nuro has big plans for his project and that is why he does not hesitate to make business acquisitions in the autonomous driving sector. The latest to be part of its portfolio of brands is Ike, a group specialized in the development of autonomous trucks.
further, Nuro is tremendously active in her field and regularly files patents, One of the most interesting in relation to its autonomous transport unit is the integration of side advertising screens into the body of the R2. These devices would be connected to the vehicle's sensors and would display advertisements adapted to the circumstances in that place and at that precise moment..
Nuro has proven to be able to materialize technology innovative in just five years, so we foresee a very interesting trajectory for the start-up. Undoubtedly, restaurants will be able to take advantage of the capacities of delivery of these modules.