California allows commercial operation of Nuro’s self-driving cars

In the Nuro R2 car no place for driver at all

Earlier this year, California authorized Nuro to test fully self-driving vehicles for delivery of orders, and this week, in an equally significant development, the company received the state’s first permit for the commercial operation of self-driving vehicles.

Shipping will begin “soon” in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties, Nuro said, followed by the announcement of a partnership with a permanent retail partner. But at first on the streets will appear Toyota Prius cars in a self-driving version, not futuristic R2 cars (in the illustration), in which there is no place for a driver.

It is noteworthy that commercial exploitation begins in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, when customers will only be glad that they will not have to contact the courier, or even more so personally visit the stores.

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