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Posted on: July 11, 2019

HAVE YOU SEEN ME DRIVING AROUND WEST U?

NURO

The West University Place Police Department has received several calls recently regarding a vehicle (similar to the one pictured) driving around the neighborhood. The vehicles are owned and operated by Nuro. Currently the vehicles are occupied with a Nuro operator, but Nuro’s future plans include a completely autonomous (self-driving) vehicle to deliver goods. For further information, you can visit Nuro’s website or submit feedback directly to Nuro at feedback@nuro.ai 

Autonomous vehicles are regulated by Texas Transportation Code 545.454 which took effect September 1, 2017. State law precludes local regulation and states: 

(a) An automated motor vehicle may operate in this state with the automated driving system engaged, regardless of whether a human operator is physically present in the vehicle. 

(b) An automated motor vehicle may not operate on a highway in this state with the automated driving system engaged unless the vehicle is: 

(1) capable of operating in compliance with applicable traffic and motor vehicle laws of this state, subject to this subchapter; 

(2) equipped with a recording device, as defined by Section 547.615(a) , installed by the manufacturer of the automated motor vehicle or automated driving system; 

(3) equipped with an automated driving system in compliance with applicable federal law and federal motor vehicle safety standards; 

(4) registered and titled in accordance with the laws of this state;  and 

(5) covered by motor vehicle liability coverage or self-insurance in an amount equal to the amount of coverage that is required under the laws of this state. 

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