The Future of Delivery is Self-Driving
Nuro, a California based self-driving delivery startup, has released their voluntary safety report. The report outlines the company’s protocols and specific technology being used to create their autonomous delivery robots.
Nuro’s mission is to create a delivery service using self-driving cars, potentially delivering anything from pizzas, to flowers, to groceries. The cars are designed without the need or room for a driver or passenger meaning they could be scaled sooner and will be less expensive than a self driving car built to transport people.
The R1 was the vehicle focused on in the report. It is smaller and lighter than a standard passenger vehicle and drives at slower speeds. Nuro’s R1 has a predicted maximum speed of 25 mph, preventing it from doing much highway driving, but making it perfect for careful city driving.
The R1’s completely driverless design makes it much safer than a passenger self-driving car. The self-driving Uber crash that resulted in a pedestrian death in Arizona, caused a lot of scrutiny over the ethics of self-driving cars. However, Nuro’s driverless autonomous vehicles are designed to sacrifice themselves in the event of an unavoidable collision.
The delivery service will also make it very easy for users to track their delivery. Once you place your order either online or on an app, you receive text notifications letting you know when it departs and when it is arriving. Once the Nuro arrives, you get an access code to open the compartment door and retrieve your goods.
Story via The Verge