LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — A new car rental company is trying something a little different by delivering cars to customers using “remote pilots,” or in other words, driverless.
The Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles has given approval to Las Vegas-based company Halo.car to beta test its vehicle delivery service in downtown Fremont and the Arts District starting this week. All cars in Halo are electric, and the beta program will run throughout the summer.
According to a press release from Halo, he wants “Las Vegas residents and visitors to try the delivery service and provide feedback.”
During the test period, vehicle deliveries will be accompanied by a Halo Support Operator to ensure everything goes as it should. The company plans to launch commercially later this year and support operators will be phased out at that time for fully driverless deliveries.
Halo has been testing its remote driving technology on public roads in Las Vegas since February 2021.
“Autonomous driving technologies have yet to reach the level of safety needed for a fully driverless reality – that’s a decade away, if not more,” said Halo CEO Anand Nandakumar. “Halo’s human-operated remote driver technology is more popular with consumers, and it’s available now, bringing the convenience and savings of ‘driverless’ vehicles to market sooner.”
Halo plans to expand into the United States and have a fleet of over 1,000 vehicles within two years.
“Our ultimate mission is to transition the entire planet to electric cars and eliminate dependence on fossil fuels.”