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Nuro to Be California's First Driverless Delivery Service


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Nuro's R2 delivery robot.

California has approved a commercial driverless delivery service for the first time.

Credit: Nuro

California has approved the operation of R2 driverless delivery vehicles from robotics startup Nuro.

The R2s will be limited to speeds of 35 mph (56 kph) per on surface streets, and they can operate only in "fair weather" conditions.

The vehicles employ radar, thermal imaging, and 360-degree cameras to navigate, and have two temperature-controlled compartments for deliveries; recipients must enter a code to open the R2's doors when receiving their items.

California Department of Motor Vehicles director Steve Gordon said, "Issuing the first deployment permit is a significant milestone in the evolution of autonomous vehicles in California. We will continue to keep the safety of the motoring public in mind as this technology develops."

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