The two companies Cruise and Nuro are developing autonomous vehicles for various settings but with different approaches to autonomous vehicle technology.
Cruise is a subsidiary of General Motors with a focus on developing self-driving cars for ride-sharing services. The company tested its technology in San Francisco in 2016 and plans to expand it to other cities shortly.
Cruise vehicles are meant for sharing among multiple passengers and are equipped with various sensors, cameras, and other technologies for ensuring safe operation.
On the other hand, Nuro, a startup, is focused on developing autonomous delivery vehicles for last-mile logistics. Nuro’s vehicles are smaller than traditional cars and are meant for carrying goods rather than people. Nuro’s vehicles are meant to operate in various settings, such as urban and suburban areas. They are equipped with various sensors and cameras to ensure safe operation.
The cruise company has raised over $7 billion in funding to date, including investments from GM, Honda, and SoftBank. Cruise is also working on developing electric vehicles in an effort to create a more sustainable transportation system.
Nuro is based in Mountain View, California, and was founded in 2016 by Jiajun Zhu and Dave Ferguson, who had previously worked on Goodle’s self-driving car project. The company raised over $1 billion in funding from investors such as SoftBank and Greylock Partners. Nuro partnered with several major retailers, such as Walmart and Kroger, to test its autonomous delivery services and plans to expand them to other cities and retailers in the future.