Singapore (AP) – Could be the name that marks the beginning of a global phenomonon. On Thursday 25th August 2016, nuTonomy became the very first company to make completely autonomous cars available for public use. This news has come as a bit of a shock, after it was expected Uber would take this title when they release their autonomous service to the people of Pittsburgh in a couple of weeks.
You would really do well to find an industry that has blown up so quickly over such a short period of time, such as the autonomous vehicle industry. It seems that every week a major tech name makes an announcment with regards to their ambitions and their progress thus far, however, it cannot be argued that this step by nuaTonomy is by some margin the biggest so far.
The release is only going to start out as very small, with just six cars, with double that in action by the turn of the year. NuTonomy have stated that their intention is to have a full fleet of autonoums taxis in Singapore by 2018, with the aim to reduce the highly congested roads. They hope that once it’s proven to work in Singapore that it can then spread to other cities and make it’s mark on the global stage.