self driving cars

Secretive self-driving delivery van emerges

A startup called Nuro officially launched a self-driving delivery vehicle, which looks like an unholy cross between a delivery van and one of those sidewalk delivery robots. It's about the size of a small car, but a fraction of the weight, adding to safety. 

The company has some interesting ideas for the car. It could be used by individuals for running errands. They could "send it" to the pharmacy to pick up a prescription, for example. 

I'll be keeping an eye on this one. 

Here comes self-delivering groceries

Silicon Valley startup Udelv claims to have made the world's first public road test deliveries. (They brought groceries from Draeger's Market in San Mateo to two nearby customers.) The truck was in "test mode," whatever that means, and had a human driver able to take over from the automated driving if necessary. 

Their trucks are electric, and house 18 secure cargo compartments with automatic doors. I guess the recipient goes outside and has access via the app to one of the compartments to grab their groceries. (They can also track the location of the truck using the app, like Uber.)