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.