Self-driving taxis launch in Singapore

But so far the trial is in a very limited part of town
In a city where owning a car is incredibly expensive and where taxi rides are cheap and in high demand, self-driving taxis are now the talk of the town. It’s even possible to try one for free.
The vehicles are not yet entirely driverless. The trial still places a driver in the front. But the aim is to let the cars do the driving themselves, the driver being there just to monitor the performance – and as a backup in case something goes wrong.
US-based start-up developer nuTonomy is behind the trial. Founded in 2013 by two researchers in robotics and driverless technology, it was the first company to get permission from the Singapore government to test self-driving cars on the roads, so far only in a very small part of town.
nuTonomy is not a car manufacturer, so at the moment the cars are a fleet of six small Renault and Mitsubishi electric vehicles equipped with the company’s software and cameras. Each has a complex system of lasers that monitor the car’s surroundings.


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