In an industry first, Nuro AI became the first American autonomous vehicle developer to be given exemptions for testing on public roads without the need to have controls for human operators. The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) decided to overturn existing rules that require drivers to have ultimate control of the autonomous vehicle and capped the top speed at 25 mph.
Nuro’s vehicle, the R2, builds on the company's R1 design for a container electric vehicle designed to transport and deliver groceries from Nuro’s end users. The R2 is scheduled to begin testing by the end of February and will join the fleet of Toyota Priuses that Nuro currently uses for autonomous vehicle testing. The R2 is a significant upgrade to the R1, weighing nearly twice as much at 1150 Kg to the R1’s 680 Kg and designed with a payload of 190 Kg. The R2 is advertised as an SAE Level 4 (highly automated) vehicle. Nuro states that, because the R2X’s Automated Driving System (ADS) relies on advanced Machine Learning (ML) to improv…
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