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U.S. allows SoftBank-backed Nuro to deploy driverless delivery vehicles – Source Reuters Tech News

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. safety regulator said on Thursday it has allowed SoftBank Group-backed autonomous vehicle startup Nuro Inc to temporarily deploy up to 5,000 low-speed electric delivery vehicles without human controls like mirrors and steering wheels.

Nuro R2, a self-driving delivery vehicle, is shown in an undated photo in Houston, Texas, U.S. Nuro Inc/Handout via REUTERS

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) approval of a petition by Nuro will allow the privately held robotics company to deploy the “R2,” a delivery vehicle designed to have no human occupants and operate exclusively with an automated driving system.

Automakers must currently meet nearly 75 auto safety standards, many of which were written decades ago with the assumption that a licensed driver would be in control of the vehicle.

This is the first time NHTSA is approving a petition to allow the deployment of automated driving systems without meetings all existing U.S. auto…

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