Nuro already has a third driverless delivery vehicle on the way, and this model is as focused on protecting others as it is on moving goods. The newly introduced version, simply called the Nuro, includes a suite of 360-degree sensors including cameras, LiDAR, radar and thermostat, but also includes a giant external airbag for pedestrian protection. We still wouldn’t risk standing in front of this machine (it would still hit the ground, after all), but that should reduce the chances of serious injury.
The new vehicle also carries twice as much payload, and offers temperature-controlled compartments and modular entries to help transport a variety of cargo. Nuro did not say when this last self-driving car would be ready, but the Chinese subsidiary of BYD in North America will help produce units at the Nuro plant that is scheduled to go online later in 2022. Kroger (a Nuro investor) has already committed to using Latest devices.
An upgrade may be necessary. Nuro already has deals and tests with big brands like 7-Eleven, CVS, FedEx and Kroger, but it faces stiffer competition from Walmart, Uber and automakers like Ford. The company risks losing business if potential customers require larger payloads or are concerned about liability in the event of a collision.
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