Nuro Unveils Third-Generation Autonomous Delivery Vehicle
U.S. robotics company Nuro has unveiled its third-generation autonomous delivery vehicle, featuring a host of new improvements.
The company, which already has a fleet of driverless delivery pods across the Southwest, says its new vehicle will have twice the cargo space as the second-generation R2 robot. It can fit a total of 24 grocery bags, with modular inserts that fit inside the compartments to allow for cooling and heating.
Nuro’s vehicle is approximately 20 per cent smaller in width than the average passenger car, allowing cyclists and pedestrians more room to maneuver alongside. It will be able to reach a top operating speed of around 70km/h and can travel on a wide variety of roads.
The new model contains a sophisticated network of sensors that collectively work to provide a 360-degree view. The company claims it can sense the difference between a bundle of leaves and a pet, to how many pedestrians are standing at a crosswalk in dense fog. These features also have self-cleaning functionalities – an important part of maintaining operations and retaining sensitivity throughout the day.
It also possesses increased safety features, such as a bizarre-looking external airbag for pedestrians. The airbag, strapped across the front of the bot, is optimised to reduce the force of impact and number of injuries in the event of a collision.
“Our next-generation vehicle is designed to safely operate in the same environment as all motor vehicles,” the company writes.
“That allows us to serve a wide variety of geographies that experience various weather conditions throughout the year.”
“This new vehicle improves on our previous design and is ready to be produced at scale.”
Source: Nuro | Introducing Our Next-Generation Nuro
13 January 2022