Nuro Self-Driving Car's OK Sets Course For New Exemptions

By Linda Chiem (February 11, 2020, 8:55 PM EST) -- Technology and automotive stakeholders are hailing the federal government's first-ever blessing of a self-driving vehicle that will deliver food and packages, but experts say passenger-carrying autonomous vehicles will face sharper scrutiny before they can be developed without typical safety standards.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration last week paved the way for Silicon Valley robotics company Nuro Inc. to deploy thousands of low-speed, self-driving electric vehicles that don't have seats for human occupants, mirrors or windshields. Nuro was granted the federal government's first-ever temporary exemption from having to comply with certain Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards, known as FMVSS, in what's...

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