Un grupo de ex ingenieros de Google quiere fabricar un carro de entrega autónoma

Parece súper cuadrado, los conceptos totalmente autónomos están de moda en estos días. 

Y ahora hay una nueva startup que busca unirse a la refriega.

Nuro.ai, iniciado por dos antiguos ingenieros de Google, reveló un prototipo sin conductor que está diseñado para manejar entregas de última milla de baja velocidad. 

Piensa en la limpieza en seco o la comida.

Nuro ha estado operando en secreto, como informó mi colega Erik Shilling a principios de este mes, pero la compañía ha estado probando activamente su Prototipo R1, que se puede ver en acción debajo en un clip que la compañía publicó desde sus áreas de prueba.

It seems super boxy, fully-autonomous concepts are all the rage these days. And now there’s a new startup looking to join the fray. 

Nuro.ai, started by two former Google engineers, revealed a driverless prototype that’s designed to handle low-speed, last-mile deliveries. 

Think dry cleaning or food.

Nuro has been operating in secret, as my colleague Erik Shilling reported earlier this month, but the company’s been actively testing its R1 Prototype, which you can see in action below in a clip the company posted from its testing grounds.

Nuro’s designing the vehicles for remote operation, and also, seemingly for easy carrying by giants, which adds another layer of complicating factors, as The Verge pointed out.
But real-time teleoperation has its challenges, such as signal latency and other issues. To gain enough confidence for public deployment, Nuro is using a fleet of six self-driving cars to collect data and optimize routes, which then gets fed into its prototype vehicles. Nuro has received a permit from the California DMV and plans to start testing on public roads later this year. But the company will need sign-off from the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration before it can operate in states where regulation prohibits completely human-free driving.
“We’ve built the full software stack from scratch. There are a lot of components that are shared with general self-driving, and some things that are a bit different,” said Dave Ferguson who, along with Jiajun Zhu, co-founded Nuro. “We’ve been able to architecture this thing from scratch, geared toward this passenger-less, goods-only transportation.”
That said, a driverless box makes sense for deliveries, and that’s almost certainly why the likes of Toyota and Ford are creating and testing similar ideas. It’s small—not a plan that would revolutionize driving. But perhaps that’s why it’s something that could work. 

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