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Singaporean Took A Ride In The First Driverless Taxi


nuTonomy, the developer of driverless taxi in Singapore, seeks for feedback ahead of the commercial launch.

Christophe Van Der Perre reports that the street of Singapore witnessed the “first driverless taxi” that was launched for a “limited public trial”. The developer nuTonomy requested some people to download the app for the driverless taxi and to experience a free "robo-taxi" ride. The trial rides were conducted in “hi-tech business district” of Singapore, so as to gather feed backs before the scheduled launch for the year of 2018.
Talking to Reuters, the executive of nuTonomy, Doug Parker, said:
"This is really a moment in history that's going to change how cities are built, how we really look at our surroundings”.
During the trial rides in “Mitsubishi i-MiEv electric vehicle” an engineer was constantly behind the steering wheel for monitoring the system and for control purpose if required. The trial is “an on-going basis”, informed nuTonomy, while the same is being followed by “private testing” which already began from the month of April.
Parker’s company has worked in this project in partnership with the Singaporean government, while he hopes that by the year of 2018, around hundred such taxis’ could be made functional on a commercial basis. There are several other companies besides Nutonomy, who are in the race to introduce the “self-driving vehicles”, while “automakers and technology firms” are coming up with “striking new alliances” for the same.
Additionally, Reuters reports:
“Swedish automaker Volvo AB said last week it had agreed to a $300 million alliance with ride-hailing service Uber [UBER.UL] to develop a driverless vehicle.
“Israeli driving assistant software maker Mobileye NV said its vehicle, developed with Delphi Automotive Plc, would be ready for production by 2019, while Ford Motor Co said its self-driving car was slated for 2021”.

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