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Singapore trials driverless taxi service

Nayela Deeba | Aug. 26, 2016
Passengers in Singapore can go for a test ride in the “robo-taxi” developed by nuTonomy.

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nuTonomy has launched a self driving taxi service trial in Singapore today.

The trial is being held in Singapore's one-north business district, where selected members of the public will be invited to try out the self-driven vehicle, according to the company's press release.

nuTonomy, a software company, has developed a smartphone app which residents in Singapore can download and use to book the self-driving vehicle in future. The rides will take place in a Renault Zoe or Mitsubishi i-MiEV car that nuTonomy has specially configured for autonomous driving.

During the trial, an engineer will ride in the vehicle to observe the overall system and ensure passengers are safe and comfortable. Feedback will be collected from passengers.

The efficiency of the system will be evaluated on the basis of booking process, passenger experience and routing, said nuTonomy in the press release.

"The trial represents an extraordinary opportunity to collect feedback from riders in a real-world setting, and this feedback will give nuTonomy a unique advantage as we work toward deployment of a self-driving vehicle fleet in 2018", said Karl Lagnemma, CEO and Co-founder  of nuTonomy.

This trial is part of the company's recent partnership with the Singapore Land Transport Authority to support the development of a commercial autonomous vehicle service in Singapore.

Besides Singapore, nuTonomy is operating self-driving cars in Michigan and the United Kingdom, where it tests software in partnership with major automotive manufacturers such as Jaguar Land Rover. 

 

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