US startup nuTonomy on Thursday began trialling autonomous taxis in Singapore, beating Uber to the starting line.
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Move over Uber, the newest transport disruptor is here. On a trial basis, at least.
Starting on Thursday, some residents of Singapore will be able to take taxi rides in self-driving cars. It's brought to the Asian nation by US-based nuTonomy.
The Renault Zoe and Mitsubishi i-Miev taxis will be hailed using an invite-only app. Perhaps to help give peace of mind to all customers, a nuTonomy engineer will be in each car to make sure the ride is smooth and to take manual control if need be.
It's a limited trial, though. These autonomous taxis, while free, will only commute through Singapore's one-north business district.
"The trial represents an extraordinary opportunity to collect feedback from riders in a real-world setting," said Karl Iagnemma, CEO and co-founder of nuTonomy. "This feedback will give nuTonomy a unique advantage as we work toward deployment of a self-driving vehicle fleet in 2018."