BYD Co. Ltd. announced its partnership with vehicle company Nuro to begin producing the companys third-generation electric autonomous delivery vehicle. The partnership is expected to scale Nuros more affordable, eco-friendly, and convenient services to millions of people across the country. Combining both partners advanced technology, Nuros third-generation autonomous delivery vehicle will feature greater payload and new safety technologies. With twice the cargo volume of Nuros current R2 model, the automotive production grade vehicle will also feature modular inserts to customize storage and new temperature-controlled compartments to keep goods warm or cool. Safety enhancements include an external airbag to further improve safety for pedestrians outside the vehicle, as well as a multi-modal sensing suite, including cameras, radars, lidar, and thermal cameras, creating a redundant 360-degree view of the world. Nuro was founded in 2016 by Jiajun Zhu and Dave Ferguson, former principal engineers of Googles self-driving car team. Specializing in developing zero-occupant vehicles designed specifically for transporting goods and not passengers, Nuro has launched two generations of autonomous vehicles, introduced delivery service with industry leaders including Dominos, Kroger, and 7-Eleven, and announced a multi-year partnership with FedEx. As a leader in the NEV industry, BYD has innovated rich technologies in the field of electrification. In this project, BYD is jointly working with Nuro on vehicle development, and is responsible for vehicle manufacturing and initial vehicle testing, and provides hardware like the Blade Battery, electric motors, electronic controls, and displays for human-machine interaction. Nuro integrates technologies such as autonomous driving, control modules and sensors. BYD will finish assembly of the hardware platform at its Lancaster plant in the United States using globally sourced components. Nuro will then complete the vehicle manufacturing process by installing and testing the autonomy systems that will make the platform capable of operation at the companys new facilities in southern Nevada.