A robotics company that produces driverless vehicles for over-the-road grocery, pizza and prescription deliveries said Thursday it intends to spend $40 million to put a manufacturing facility at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Nuro, a firm founded in 2016 and based in Mountain View, California, announced it will build an end-of-line manufacturing facility and a closed test track at the Las Vegas-area raceway for the company’s next-generation autonomous vehicle.
Gov. Steve Sisolak and U.S. Sen. Jacky Rosen joined Nuro co-founder Jiajun Zhu to announce the project, which in March received about $170,500 in tax abatements over 10 years from the Nevada Governor’s Office of Economic Development.
Zhu pointed in a statement to partnerships his company has with pizza giant Domino’s, supermarket owner Kroger and delivery company FedEx, and operating in California’s Silicon Valley, Houston and the Phoenix area. “We are now able to invest in the infrastructure to build tens of thousands of robots,” he said.
Sisolak, a Democrat, pointed to a company promise that a $10 million capital investment will create 250 skilled tech-sector jobs during the next decade in southern Nevada.