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Nuro, a company founded by former Google engineers, has unveiled the third generation of self-driving delivery robots

via:cnBeta     time:2022/1/13 9:00:45     readed:86

Nuro on Wednesday showed off the final piece of its commercial self-driving delivery strategy. Since former Google engineers Dave Ferguson and Jiajun Zhu founded the company in June 2016, the startup has raised more than $2.13 billion to launch the third-generation electric self-driving delivery vehicle, the Nuro delivery robot, which is designed for commercial operations, Manufactured in cooperation with BYD North America.

It holds twice as much cargo as previous models, has customizable storage and temperature-controlled compartments to keep items warm or cool.That means Nuro is designed and produced to handle the hardships one might expect delivery vehicles to endure, including weather, potholes and long hours on the road. The Nuro delivery robot also contains safety features designed to protect pedestrians and cyclists who may encounter the vehicle. The car is equipped with several types of sensors, including cameras, radar, lidar and thermal imagers to provide a 360-degree field of vision, with built-in redundancy if one of them fails.

The Nuro delivery robot is equipped with an external airbag that deplores if the vehicle comes into contact with a person or other object. Initially, the company used modified Toyota Prius sedans for testing, as well as delivery pilots in Arizona and Texas.Nuro also has all the necessary approvals and permits to make a paid delivery service in California via Autonomous driving and can charge customers for it.

Nuro has raised significant funds, piloted its vehicles with high-profile partners, and grown to more than 1,200 employees. In less than five years, the company has attracted high-profile private and institutional investors, including Greylock Partners, SoftBank Vision Fund and T. Rowe Price Associates Inc. The latest $600m funding round, announced a few months ago, was led by new investors Tiger Global Management, including Baillie Gifford, Fidelity Management & Amp; Research Company, LLC, Gaorong Capital, Google, Kroger, SoftBank Vision Fund 1, T. Rowe Price Associates, Inc. And Woven Capital fund and accounts. Nuro has also found several high-profile partners, including 7-Eleven, CVS pharmacies, Dominoes, FedEx, Kroger and Wal-Mart.

Now, It is using some of those funds to build a new $40 million terminal production facility and enclosed test track in southern Nevada.The company is also using 74 acres of land at the Las Vegas Speedway to build an enclosed test facility to develop and verify its self-driving road vehicles. Its supplier partner BYD North America will assemble the hardware for the new model and then complete final manufacturing at its new plant in Nuro.

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