Nuro is also the first company in California to run commercially autonomous vehicles (via TechCrunch). The company obtained a license that enabled it to test its robots previously this year, but this license would finally enable the firm to start charging for the service.
According to the Medium role of Nuro’s Chief Legal and Policy Officer, the company aims to “announce [its] first deployment in California with an established partner.” Which partner remains to be seen, but it is likely to be a delivery service that can make use of Nuro’s fully driverless Prius vehicles, although the company is willing to roll out its own custom R2 bots later on.
The permit given by the California DMV only enables the business to manage its delivery company in parts of the counties of Santa Clara and San Mateo, which would mean that much of the Silicon Valley and its tech staff would be within its jurisdiction, but not San Francisco or Oakland. There are also some specific requirements would only be permitted on surface streets with a speed limit of 35 miles an hour (and the bots are only allowed to fly 25 mph), and don’t hope to see a Prius driverless zip down the highway to deliver anytime in the near future. Vehicles are also only permitted to drive in “fair climatic conditions.” The company was started by two ex-Google engineers and was, interestingly, the only company except Google’s Waymo to receive a California license to test driverless cars.
Now, the other company has been beaten to the point of having the opportunity to make a corporation out of it in the state. In Arizona, it is a totally different thing. Why? Because Waymo runs a ride service that is paid, when it comes to its vehicles that are driverless.