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NuTonomy begins first trial of Robo-Taxi service

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Text: / Photos: nuTonomy | posted August 30, 2016 14:30

Introduces world's first self-driving taxi

Software developer for self-driving vehicles, nuTonomy recently launched the world's first public trial of self-driving car service within Singapore’s One-North business district where they have been conducting fully-automated vehicle testing since April.

With the use of nuTonomy’s ride-hailing smartphone app, Singapore residents can book a ride a ride with a fully autonomous vehicle. The rides can either be in a Renault Zoe or Mitsubishi i-MiEV electric vehicles. Also, in order to ensure the customer's safety and observe the system performance, an engineer from nuTonomy will be present.

 The crew of nuTonomy

The public trial will enable nuTonomy to collect valuable information in developing their software and in preparing for the launch of a widely-available commercial robo-taxi service in Singapore by 2018.

“nuTonomy’s first-in-the-world public trial is a direct reflection of the level of maturity that we have achieved with our AV software system. 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 Iagnemma, CEO and co-founder of nuTonomy.

 The self-driving nuTonomy Renault Zoe

Recently, nuTonomy was selected by the Singapore Land Transport Authority (LTA) as support to the development of commercial automated vehicle service in Singapore, making it the first private establishment approved by the Singapore government to test fully-automated vehicles on public roads.

As of now, nuTonomy is already testing their self-driving vehicles in Michigan and the United Kingdom in partnership with automakers such as Jaguar Land Rover.