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.
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For now, the taxis only will run in a 2.5-square-mile business and residential district called “one-north,” and pick-ups and drop-offs will be limited to specified locations. Riders will be required to have an invitation from nuTonomy to use the service. The company says dozens have signed up for the launch, and it plans to expand that list to thousands of people within a few months. I can’t see them having a problem with those aims.
Well, this is a genuinely huge breakthrough… lets hope it ends with positive results.