US agency approves vehicle designed not to have human driver
By TOM KRISHER
AP Auto Writer
DETROIT (AP) - The U.S. highway safety agency for the first time has approved a company's request to deploy a self-driving vehicle that doesn't meet federal safety standards for human-driven cars and trucks. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says it granted temporary approval for Silicon Valley robotics company Nuro to run a low-speed autonomous delivery vehicle without side- and rear-view mirrors used by human drivers. Nuro announced plans in December for low-speed vehicles in partnership with Walmart to deliver groceries in Houston. Under the temporary approval, Nuro will have to make real-time safety reports to the agency.
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