The world's first driverless taxis have started picking up passengers in Singapore.
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(CCM) — On Thursday, the first ever autonomous taxis began picking up passengers in Singapore. The program has been launched with only six self-driving vehicles, including Mitsubishi i-MiEVs and Renault Zoes, which have been modified by nuTonomy. The taxis will only be offering rides between pre-selected pick-up and drop off locations within a 2.5-square mile radius. With this trial project, NuTonomy has officially beaten Uber in the increasingly popular taxi aggregating market in Singapore, with Uber announcing that it would begin testing its self-driving cars in Pittsburgh this month. Uber normally assigns taxis to its passengers at random, while nuTonomy collaborated with locals to launch the initiative.
Rides with nuTonomy are completely free, and these cars come with an engineer sitting behind the wheel — ready to take over in case of emergency. By year's end, nuTonomy will deploy over a dozen self-driving cars onto the streets of Singapore. "When people get into the car, some will love it, some will be indifferent and some won’t like it," said CEO and co-founder of nuTonomy, Karl Iagnemma, to The Associated Press. He added that the company hopes to have a full self-driving fleet in Singapore by 2018.
Image: © nuTonomy.