In a significant step forward for the autonomous vehicle industry, the US Department of Transport (DOT) has granted its first ever self-driving vehicle exemption to startup Nuro, meaning its autonomous delivery pod can now push ahead on public roads.
After first revealing its autonomous electric delivery pod in January last year, robotics startup Nuro has now teamed up with Walmart for grocery delivery by self-driving pod in the Houston metro area.
We've seen ground-based delivery drones before, although they're typically little things designed to travel on sidewalks. Nuro, however, is different. The vehicle is made to go on the road like a regular car, and it was recently announced that it's got US$92 million in Series A funding behind it.