We take a closer look at the robotics giant, Nuro, who was named in our list of the top ten technology startups, in this month’s magazine.
The company believes that great technology should benefit everyone. The team at Nuro is accelerating a future where robots make life easier and help us connect to the people and things we love. Together, they’re pushing the boundaries of robotics to improve human life.
Dave Ferguson and Jiajun Zhu have devoted their careers to robotics and machine learning, most recently as Principal Engineers at Google’s self-driving car project (now Waymo). They founded Nuro in 2016 to harness the power of robotics and artificial intelligence to solve new challenges on a global scale.
Nuro’s team is made up of the very best minds from academia and industry. They are veterans in robotics, consumer electronics, autonomous vehicles, and automotive — from Google, Waymo, Apple, Uber, Tesla, and GM. We come from some of the world’s top universities — including Berkeley, Cambridge, Caltech, Chicago, CMU, Freiburg, Fudan, Harvard, MIT, Oxford, Princeton, Stanford, Toronto, U of M, UNC, and Waterloo. Members of the team have won numerous world competitions — including DARPA Urban Challenge, DARPA Robotics Challenge, and ImageNet.
Nuro’s vehicle is a fully autonomous, on-road vehicle designed to transport goods — quickly, safely, and affordably.
Designed to deliver: Get anything, anytime, anywhere. With flexible interior design, our vehicle handles errands of all kinds — from dinner to dry cleaning.
A safer neighbour: With no driver or passengers to worry about, our vehicle has been engineered from the ground up to keep what’s outside even safer than what’s inside.
Affordable convenience: Efficient, electric, and fully autonomous, it delivers life’s needs at a price anyone can afford.
Nuro in the news:
Nuro is helping many states in the USA through the coronavirus pandemic.
First, in the company’s home state of California, the Governor’s office — along with various state agencies — has mobilized to convert a number of facilities into temporary hospitals to treat those suffering from COVID-19. Over the past few weeks, they’ve worked to convert the Sleep Train Arena (STA), a former NBA arena and previously the home of the Sacramento Kings, into one of these alternative care facilities to house up to 400 COVID-19 patients. Beginning this week, Nuro’s unmanned R2 vehicles start service at STA, doing contactless delivery of medical supplies to help patients affected by COVID-19.
As a company, the outbreak has caused them to grow and shift the awareness of those whom they can help. Nuro is now considered the grocery store worker who carries groceries out to customers’ cars. The neighbour who goes to the drug store to pick up essentials for vulnerable residents of the same apartment complex. All of the logistics personnel who move things in and out of hospitals. The warehouse workers who load vehicles with goods to be delivered to our homes. In all of these interactions, peoples’ lives can be stricken by illness caused by too many human touchpoints.
Find out more about Nuro, here.