Driverless delivery vehicle gets the green light from the government

Driverless delivery company Nuro was approved by the government to roll out 5000 delivery pods for short distance grocery and pizza hauls in Houston, considered a breakthrough for the driverless industry.

here’s how it works

Order your groceries. They’re packed in a driverless car that’s not much bigger than a large, rolling refrigerator. Your address is plugged in to the car, and off goes, never more than 25 mph, avoiding dogs and cats and strollers by using data from cameras and sensors loaded onto all sides of the vehicle.

Your delivery arrives. You’re given a code from the app to unlock and unload the car. You send the car on its way back to the store.

why’d the government approve of this delivery car

Nuro convinced the government that safety rules associated with cars aren’t appropriate for driverless and passenger cars. Their “delivery pods” don’t need seats, brake pedals, windshields, rear-view mirrors, and many other things. Because of this, Nuro is smaller, more agile, lighter in weight, and can have sensors posted in all directions.

Geek out on Nuro’s safety features here.

And, consider this: Self-driving cars have been talked about for years, yet haven’t really gained much traction. Part of the inertia is due to concerns over safety, especially following several fatalities. Are self-driving cars worth the risk? Check out the debate here.

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