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Nuro receives California's first Autonomous Vehicle Deployment permit

Autonomous delivery company Nuro was granted an Autonomous Vehicle Deployment (AVD) permit by the California DMV, opening the door for the company to launch a commercial AV delivery service. With the permit — the first California has issued — Nuro will be able to deliver packages directly to Californians with a fleet of self-driving vehicles.

The permit comes on the heels of news Wednesday that Nuro acquired autonomous trucking startup Ike Robotics. In November, Nuro raised $500 million to keep up with ecommerce delivery demand fueled by the pandemic, pushing the company across the threshold of a $5 billion valuation.

The company says It will begin in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties in 2021.

Big Tech benefits from Biden’s sweeping immigration actions

Tim Cook and Sundar Pichai praised President Biden's immigration actions, which read like a tech industry wishlist.

Newly-inaugurated President Joe Biden signed two immigration-related executive orders on Wednesday.

Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Immediately after being sworn in as president Wednesday, Joe Biden signed two pro-immigration executive orders and delivered an immigration bill to Congress that reads like a tech industry wishlist. The move drew enthusiastic praise from tech leaders, including Apple CEO Tim Cook and Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai.

President Biden nullified several of former-President Trump's most hawkish immigration policies. His executive orders reversed the so-called "Muslim ban" and instructed the attorney general and the secretary of Homeland Security to preserve the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program, which the Trump administration had sought to end. He also sent an expansive immigration reform bill to Congress that would provide a pathway to citizenship for undocumented individuals and make it easier for foreign U.S. graduates with STEM degrees to stay in the United States, among other provisions.

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Emily Birnbaum

Emily Birnbaum ( @birnbaum_e) is a tech policy reporter with Protocol. Her coverage focuses on the U.S. government's attempts to regulate one of the most powerful industries in the world, with a focus on antitrust, privacy and politics. Previously, she worked as a tech policy reporter with The Hill after spending several months as a breaking news reporter. She is a Bethesda, Maryland native and proud Kenyon College alumna.

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