From PC Mag: The California Department of Motor Vehicles last week awarded Bay Area robotics company Nuro a permit to deploy autonomous vehicles on public streets for commercial purposes, meaning it can make money from the services its cars provide.
This is the first self-driving deployment permit granted in the state, "a significant milestone in the evolution of autonomous vehicles in California," says DMV Director Steve Gordon.
Nuro has been allowed to test its autonomous vehicles on public roads with a safety driver since 2017 and received a driverless testing permit in April 2020. But it can now expand into actually charging customers for services like grocery deliveries or medication drop-offs.
Nuro will offer service in parts of Santa Clara and San Mateo counties, which includes the cities of Atherton, East Palo Alto, Los Altos Hills, Los Altos, Menlo Park, Mountain View, Palo Alto, Sunnyvale, and Woodside. The vehicles will be limited to a maximum speed of 25mph and can only operate in fair weather conditions on streets with a speed limit of no more than 35mph, according to the DMV.
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