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This Week in AVs: Uber Invests in Toronto; Fourth Company Submits AV Self-Assessment; and More

by Alex Adams | @alexjhadams | September 24, 2018

Nuro Submits AV Safety Report

Last week, Nuro, a self-driving delivery startup, became the fourth company to submit a voluntary safety self-assessment report to NHTSA for the AVs it is developing. Waymo, General Motors, and Ford were the first three technology developers to submit their reports. Nuro’s report, titled “Delivering Safety: Nuro’s Approach,” includes information intended to help educate the public, policymakers, and regulators about the state and safety of their technology.

Proof of AV Concept Will Come From Low-Speed Shuttles

May Mobility announced earlier this week that they have surpassed 10,000 trips since they launched in June.

While autonomous vehicle developers continue to refine their technology before widespread deployment, there has been a greater focus on less glamorous but utilitarian low-speed autonomous shuttles. These vehicles, which travel at lower speeds on a limited set of roads, are already being deployed publicly in a number of cities across the country. May Mobility announced earlier this week that they have surpassed 10,000 trips since they launched in June. May Mobility’s shuttles, operating in downtown Detroit for Quicken Loans employees, claim to offer shorter wait times than buses and to have received positive reviews from early riders. May Mobility just announced plans to expand its deployment to Columbus, OH. Meanwhile, an AV shuttle pilot in Las Vegas is celebrating its one-year anniversary next month. In all cases, AV shuttles have been riding with a human attendant to monitor the AV’s performance.

Uber Announces New Investment in Engineering, AVs

Uber recently announced that the company will spend $150 million to open an engineering office in Toronto. The new office, expected to open next year, will focus on development of infrastructure for its products, as well as expand its AV efforts. This new investment, along with a recently announced investment by Toyota in Uber’s AV work, are signals that Uber remains deeply invested in AV development.