World’s first self-driving taxis launched in Singapore

Posted on:26 Aug 2016 18:09:06

World’s first self-driving taxis launched in Singapore
26 August 2016 Current Affairs GK: World's first self-driving taxi service was launched in Singapore on 25 August 2016. With this, Singapore became the first country in the world to launch such service, beating Uber Technologies Inc by mere days to public road tests of a technology that could revolutionize the transport industry.

The trial, although small, illustrates how intense the global race to develop autonomous driving vehicles has become.

Highlights  :  Singapore based nuTonomy began testing a free taxi-hailing service in a small business district in Singapore called one-north, a campus-like space dominated by tech firms and biotechnology companies. The trial was given the approval of the Singapore government, which has long sought to turn the city-state into a hub for disruptive technology through firms like nuTonomy.

NuTonomy’s test vehicles, a Renault Zoe and Mitsubishi i-MiEV electric car, will have a computer engineer and backup human driver during the trial phase in case anything goes wrong.

These vehicles can be hailed by select members of the public using a smartphone app. The company will also test its vehicles on a 6 kilometer (3.7 mile) route.

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