NHTSA-2019-0017 NHTSA response to Nuro Petition for Temporary Exemption


Nuro, Inc. (Nuro) has petitioned NHTSA for a temporary exemption from certain requirements in Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 500, which establishes standards for “Low-speed vehicles,” on the basis that an exemption would make the development or field evaluation of a low-emission vehicle easier without unreasonably lowering the safety of that vehicle. The vehicle for which Nuro requests an exemption is a low-speed, highly automated delivery vehicle intended to be operated without any human occupants and thus designed without any seating. Specifically, Nuro requests exemptions from the requirements in FMVSS No. 500 that its vehicle be equipped with rearview mirrors, a windshield that complies with FMVSS No. 205, and a rear visibility (backup camera) system that complies with FMVSS No. 111. Nuro states that the absence of human occupants, combined with the vehicle's various safety design features, including the vehicle's Automated Driving System (ADS), make compliance with these provisions of FMVSS No. 500 either unnecessary for, or detrimental to, the safety of pedestrians and cyclists.

NHTSA is publishing this document in accordance with statutory and administrative provisions, and requests comments on this document and the petition submitted by Nuro. NHTSA will assess the merits of the petition and decide whether to grant or deny it after receiving and considering the public comments on this notice, the petition, public responses to the questions in this notice and such additional information as Nuro may provide.


Comments on this petition must be submitted by May 20, 2019.

NHTSA-2019-0017-0029 Nuro, Inc.; Grant of Temporary Exemption for a Low-Speed Vehicle with an Automated Driving System

NHTSA-2019-0017-0028 Communications_with_Nuro_relating_to_its_Petition_for_a_Temporary_Exemption

NHTSA-2019-0017-0027 Office_of_the_Chief_of_Police_-_Comments

NHTSA-2019-0017-0026 Advocates_for_Highway_and_Auto_Safety_-_Comments

NHTSA-2019-0017-0025 AAMVA_Comments_on_Nuro_AV_Exemption_Petition_-_Final

NHTSA-2019-0017-0024 Center_for_Auto_Safety_comment_on_NURO_Petition_NHTSA-2019-0017

NHTSA-2019-0017-0023 Nuro_Public_Comments_on_R2X_Exemption_Petition

NHTSA-2019-0017-0023 delivering_safety_nuros_approach

NHTSA-2019-0017-0022 Global_Automakers_Comments_on_GM_Nuro_Petition_(FINAL)

NHTSA-2019-0017-0021 AAA_Comments_5_20_19

NHTSA-2019-0017-0020 Alliance_Part_555_Comments_to_GM_and_Nuro_Petitions_May_20_2019

NHTSA-2019-0017-0019 Support_letter_NURO

NHTSA-2019-0017-0018 Comment from Matthew Perin

NHTSA-2019-0017-0017 Nuro_LM_response_to_NHTSA-2019-0017

NHTSA-2019-0017-0016 SAFE_Response_-_Nuro_Petition

NHTSA-2019-0017-0015 CTA_-_Comments_re_Nuro_Exemption_Petition_(NHTSA_2019-0017)

NHTSA-2019-0017-0014 Skorup_and_Huddleston_-_PIC_-_NHTSA_Nuro_HAV_Exemption

NHTSA-2019-0017-0013 Comment from Brian Wood

NHTSA-2019-0017-0012 ATA_Comments

NHTSA-2019-0017--0011 National_Society_of_Professional_Engineers_Comments

NHTSA-2019-0017-0010 Srikanth Saripalli Texas A&M

NHTSA-2019-0017-0010 The_Conversation_Redefining_'safety'_for_self-driving_cars_

NHTSA-2019-0017-0010 The_Conversation_-_Before_hitting_the_road,_self-driving_cars_should_have_to_pass_a_driving_test_


NHTSA-2019-0017-0008 Comment from Anonymous

NHTSA-2019-0017-0007 ADS-Package-Testing-Levels_David-DeVeau

NHTSA-2019-0017-0006 TheHill

NHTSA-2019-0017-0005 Adam_Megacz_Joesph_-_Comment

NHTSA-2019-0017-0004 Patrick_Coyle_-_Comments

NHTSA-2019-0017-0003 Comment from Ibrahim Toure

NHTSA-2019-0017-0002 Nuro_Inc_-_Petition_for_Exemption

NHTSA-2019-0017-0001 Petition for Temporary Exemption for an Electric Vehicle with an Automated Driving