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State Gives Permission to AV Testing Company

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April 8, 2020—The California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) has issued a permit for Nuro to test two driverless vehicles on the streets of Santa Clara and San Mateo counties, according to a press release.

While Nuro has had state authority to test autonomous vehicles on the road with safety drivers since 2017, the new permit allows the company to test two light-duty delivery vehicles without drivers behind the wheel in nine cities.

The vehicles have a maximum speed of 25 mph and are only approved to operate in fair weather conditions on streets with a speed limit of no more than 35 mph.

Nuro is the second company to receive a driverless permit in the state. It follows behind Waymo. Currently, 65 companies have an active permit to test autonomous vehicles with a safety driver.

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