Despite being classified as a non-essential business. self-driving car companies skirt rules to provide Covid-19 deliveries

  • By pivoting to delivery of essential goods during the Coronavirus crisis, self-driving cars have been able to continue on-road testing in the US.
  • General Motors Co’s self-driving Cruise cards deliver food from SF-Marin Food Bank and SF New Deal to seniors in need.
  • Toyota-backed Pony.ai cars are back on the street in California delivering groceries in Irvine from local e-commerce platform Yamibuy and work with the City of Fremont to deliver meals to a local emergency shelter program.
  • Softbank-backed Nuro became the second company in California to receive a permit to operate a driverless vehicle on public roads delivering medical supplies to a temporary COVID-19 hospital in Sacramento and a temporary medical facility in San Mateo County.
  • Each car has two safety drivers; one wears a mask and gloves to drop bags off at the door.
  • None of the companies are making money from their deliveries.

Source: Reuters