Last week the autonomous vehicle industry reached a significant milestone when the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration granted robotics company Nuro three exemptions to deploy its fully autonomous car fleet in the U.S.

While the U.S. Department of Transportation’s approval marks a significant regulatory shift toward embracing fully autonomous vehicles, Nuro’s R2X fleet is low-speed, small and solely for delivering goods. It’s still unclear, therefore, how applicable the Nuro approval will be to fully autonomous, high-speed, passenger vehicles.

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