|Self-driving startup Nuro showcases next-gen grocery getter|
Nuro, the self-driving startup attempting to capitalize on the delivery boom by working with partners such as 7-Eleven, FedEx and Kroger, unveiled its third-generation vehicle this week.
Instead of following the sequencing of its R1 and R2 prototype predecessors, the vehicle is now simply known as the Nuro, and it offers an increase in cargo capacity.
New equipment aboard includes an airbag that deploys outside the vehicle in the event a collision with a pedestrian is imminent. Some features stay the same, though, notably a sensing suite that includes thermal cameras in addition to traditional cameras, lidar and radar.
One important aspect of the vehicle — there's still no room for humans aboard the zero-occupant vehicle.
Production of the new vehicles involves a partnership with BYD North America at a factory in southern Nevada. BYD will assemble the vehicle platforms, and Nuro will upfit its self-driving systems and test the vehicles at a nearby closed-course track.
Construction of the $40 million facility began in November and is expected to be fully operational this year. Once the factory is up and running, the two companies say in a written statement they have the capacity to manufacture "tens of thousands" of vehicles per year.
— Pete Bigelow