Nuro’s third-generation driverless delivery vehicle includes an external airbag

Nuro already has a third driverless delivery vehicle on the way, and this model focuses as much on protecting others as it is on transporting goods. The newly introduced The version, simply referred to as Nuro, includes a host of 360-degree sensors including cameras, LiDARs, radars, and thermals, but also includes a giant external airbag to protect pedestrians. We still wouldn’t take the risk of walking in front of this machine (you’ll still be touching the ground, after all), but it should reduce the chance of serious injury.

The new vehicle also carries twice as much cargo and offers both temperature-controlled compartments and modular inserts to help transport a wider variety of cargo. Nuro did not say when this latest autonomous vehicle would be ready, but BYD’s North American arm in China will help produce units at a plant in Nuro that is expected to go live later in 2022. Kroger (an investor in Nuro) has already committed to the use of the latter material.


Upgrade may be necessary. Nuro has already made deals and tests with big brands like 7-Eleven, CVS, FedEx, and Kroger, but it faces stiffer competition from Walmart, Uber and automakers like Ford. The business stands to lose business if potential customers need larger payloads or are concerned about their liability in the event of a collision.

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