Noru, a self-driving delivery startup company, recently received a big fund raising increase primarily from SoftBank. The company recently announced that they have fund raised $940 million. These new funds will be used to boost Noru's goal of establishing autonomous delivery cars as a standard.
It’s also a huge vote of confidence for one of the lesser known startups working on self-driving technology. Formed in 2016 by a pair of ex-Google self-driving engineers, Nuro has set itself apart by focusing on food delivery rather than people moving. The startup recently announced a pilot delivery service in Arizona in partnership with grocery giant Kroger.
“We’ve spent the last two and a half years building an amazing team, launching our first unmanned service, working with incredible partners and creating technology to fundamentally improve our daily lives,” said Nuro co-founder, Dave Ferguson, in a statement. “This partnership gives us the opportunity to take the next step in realizing our vision for local commerce and the broad application of our technology.”
Nuro is one of the few companies to be operating fully driverless vehicles on public roads today. It’s R1 vehicle is about half as wide as a compact sedan, shorter than most cars, and has no room inside for human passengers or drivers. Nuro has built six of these vehicles so far, and plans to use the cash infusion to manufacture more. It is also plans to increase its test fleet of standard cars fitted with self-driving hardware and software to about 50, which it will operate on public roads in California, Arizona, and Texas with safety drivers behind the wheel.