California-based start-up Nuro has designed an autonomous cargo vehicle specifically for delivering goods from local businesses.
Unveiled last month, Nuro "is a self-driving vehicle designed to run your errands for you", co-founder Dave Ferguson said in a statement. "It is poised to change the way that businesses interact with their local customers."
The self-driving vehicle is fully electric, completely unmanned and its top speed is 35mph, which means it will stay off highways. It's half the width of a passenger car, to enable the vehicle to move around narrow streets easily, as it's designed to move goods between and among businesses, neighbourhoods and homes.
Nuro's interior can be customised to meet the needs of each business. A grocery delivery company, for example, could opt for a refrigerator and shelves, while a drycleaner could include a hanging rack. By automating these services, Nuro could help small local businesses compete with giants like Amazon.
Nuro was founded by two engineers who used to work for Google's self-driving car team, now known as Waymo. The start-up has raised $92m in venture capital, which means that it could drive the disruption of last-mile delivery.
For more on the future of autonomous cars, see our report on CES 2018: Automotive.