If you live in Houston, Texas, you can get your Domino’s pizza delivered by a robot, EV, AI and all…
Artificial intelligence can finally live up to the hype, in the form of freshly delivered pizza. US regulators have this week approved the deployment of 5,000 autonomous electric vehicles in Houston, Texas, for use in local delivery services.
Nuro, the company developing the driverless pod, is a California-based start-up founded by former Waymo (Google’s autonomy project) engineers Dave Ferguson and Jiajun Zhu, with a team cherrypicked from the industry’s leading names like Apple, Uber, Tesla and GM.
The little delivery robot designed by Nuro is called R2. At first glance, it looks like a futuristic minivan, until you see it with a reference for scale – R2 is about half the size of a conventional small car, and features no passenger seats and no steering wheel. Instead, it has been designed to carry goods with top-hinged cargo doors for easy access.
After three years of discussions, the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has approved the commercial use of the all-electric R2, with support already in by companies like Walmart and Domino’s Pizza.
After three years of discussions the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has approved the commercial use of the all-electric R2 drone with support already in by companies like Walmart and Domino’s Pizza. Nuro’s zero-emissions, all-electric R2 will be restricted to specific routes and streets with full-time human monitoring, and since it’s not classified as a passenger vehicle it isn’t required to fulfil all standards and safety requirements, omitting basics such as rear view mirrors and a windshield.
In turn the NHTSA benefits from real-time data concerning the use of robots on public roads, which will help in legislating further use of autonomous AI driven vehicles in the future.
Founded in 2016, Nuro has been valued at $2.7 billion and secured $940 in funding last year from SoftBank Group Crop. Compared to early designs the Nuro R2 boasts 65 percent increased cargo space and a bigger battery pack onboard for operation throughout the day. And yes, they’ve thought about the most important bits – temperature control ensures the pizza doesn’t arrive cold.
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