Nuro already has a third driverless delivery vehicle on the way, and this model is focused on both protecting third parties and transporting goods. the newly introduced The version, simply called Nuro, includes an array of 360-degree sensors including cameras, LiDAR, radar and thermals, but it also includes a giant external airbag to protect pedestrians. We still wouldn’t risk stepping in front of this machine (you’re still going to hit the ground, after all), but that should reduce the chances of a serious injury.

The new vehicle also carries twice the load and offers temperature-controlled compartments and modular inserts to help transport a wider variety of goods. Nuro did not say when this latest autonomous vehicle will be ready, but BYD’s North American branch of China will help produce units at a Nuro factory that is expected to come on stream in late 2022. Kroger (an investor in Nuro) has already committed. to use this latest hardware.

Third generation Nuro vehicle transporting Kroger groceries

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Updating may be required. Nuro already has agreements and trials with big brands like 7-Eleven, CVS, FedEx and Kroger, but faces tougher competition from Walmart, Uber and automakers like Ford. The company risks losing business if potential customers need larger payloads or are concerned about liability in the event of a collision.

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