nuTonomy finally debuts world’s first self-driving taxis in Singapore
A few months ago Massachusetts-based startup nuTonomy made the headlines for getting the permission to test their self-driving cars in Singapore. Well, that moment has arrived as the company started their trial runs on specially modified Renault Zoe and Mitsubishi i-MiEV electric car models. People in Singapore can use these autonomous taxis free of cost by downloading the accompanying app. For now the cars will have an engineer riding on the front seat to take control if situation goes haywire. If everything goes well, the trials will lead to the full deployment of self-driving taxis by 2018.
This move clearly hoes how the market for self-driving cars is hotting up as Google and other companies like Uber are also trying to stay ahead. That said, nuTonomy has taken the tactical advantage as it has become the world’s first self-driving taxi service to hit the roads. It is a significant news as this is the first time a self-driving car is open to general public for use. The self-driving taxis will be tested on a 6 km route in the one-north district which is accessible by trunk roads.
Keeping safety in mind, Singapore government has marked down strict milestones for nuTonomy to achieve, before they can further extend their services to other areas of the city. It is worth appreciating how the company has achieved technological advantage over other major players with a limited budget.
The future is looking bright for self-driving taxis and this development is a milestone in itself. It is going to be interesting to see how nuTonomy is going to take advantage of these trials and expand their portfolio.