Driverless robotic cars might sound like a technology from the future or something we only see in the movies, but lo and behold, a local startup has beaten Uber to launch the first Robo-Taxi here in Singapore.
nuTonomy, an MIT spinout headquartered here and a leading developer of self-driving vehicles, will begin their driverless taxi service today (25 August). The company has been testing the technology and vehicles in the one-north business district since April this year.
Selected residents are invited to use nuTonomy’s ride-hailing service, provided in Renault Zoe and Mitsubishi i-MiEV electric vehicles specially configured for autonomous driving.
An engineer is said to tag along to observe and ensure passenger comfort and safety. The company will use the data during this trial period to refine the software in preparation for the launch of the widely available robo-taxi commercial service in 2018.2016 08 25 nuTonomy_Media Release - Public trial launch