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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.

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