Starting on this week, residents of Singapore can hail a self-driving car as a taxi, thanks to It’s brought to U.S.-based nuTonomy by Renault Zoe and Mitsubishi. The new i-Miev taxis use an invite-only app.
The trial will offer riders a commute through Singapore’s one-north business district:
The startup, which in May received $16 million in funding, is narrowly beating Uber to the punch. The ride-sharing giant reportedly hopes to trial autonomous vehicles in downtown Pittsburgh sometime this month. Uber hopes that a fully autonomous Volvo will be a staple of its Pittsburgh fleet by the end of the year.
It’s not the first self-driving taxi trial, however, withearlier this year, courtesy of phone company DeNA.
“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.”
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