Permission to test two Nuro robotic couriers without drivers is given in Atherton, East Palo Alto, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Menlo Park, Mountain View, Palo Alto, Sunnyvale, and Woodside.
Robots should not move faster than 40 km / h, and their operation is allowed only on roads with a speed limit of no more than 56 km / h under conditions of good visibility.
Experts note that the department issued the company permission in an accelerated mode due to the pandemic of the coronavirus infection and its danger to people, including couriers working at that time.
Startup Nuro introduced its own unmanned R1 truck for delivering food and goods in urban conditions in 2018. The device has no place for passengers and the driver, and instead of doors, hatches for loading are installed in it.
The maximum speed of the truck today is 40 km/h because this allows you to certify it under the Federal Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS) for low-speed vehicles.