The first self-driving delivery van that is designed without any basic human controls like steering wheels, side view mirrors or pedals has been given the permit to test on the roads of the United States.
Nuro, the company that is behind the design of this self-driving vehicle. makes the autonomous delivery vans.
The automobile is the second generation of its vehicles of Nuro, which it is referring by the name R2 and would be tested in Houston, Texas.
This is the first time that any vehicle has been given an exemption to have controls for human operators. Majority of the rules for the testing automobile require features that gives permission to a driver to safely take charge of them.
Elaine Chao, the US transport secretary in a statement said that provided the top speed of the vehicle is capped at 25 mph, these requirements are no longer needed they do not make sense.
The Department of Transportation would also be enforcing greater supervision of the testing.
It would require the parent company Nuro to report information about the operation of the R2 and reach out to the communities where the testing of the vehicle would be performed.
Dave Ferguson, the co-founder of Nuro, in a blog post said that the decision was a big achievement for the entire industry.
He also wrote that advancing forward, they must upgrade the current rules that never envisioned a driverless automobile and everyone in the industry must work to ensure that the self-driving technology is tested and used in the safest possible automobiles.
General Motors has also asked for an exemption to test its self-driving Chevy Bolt.