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Singapore's Nutonomy brings World's first self-driving car-sharing business to everyone

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This little Singaporean company just beats Uber and Google to offer the world's first self-driving taxi service.

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Singapore's Nutonomy brings World's first self-driving car-sharing business to everyone

  1. 1. Uber announced last week that it would deploy some Volvo XC90s SUVs outfitted with radar, cameras, lidar etc, in Pittsburgh where passengers can book a ride from their smartphones and the automated cars would show up and chauffeur them to their destination under its self-driving car-sharing service, starting later this month. Uber says, among other things, that it is entering the self-driving space to overtake the leader in this field Google in cab and bring driverless cars to consumers faster. However, an unknown company just beat the two giants to the punch in the self-driving car-sharing business. A self-driving car start-up known as Nutonomy has started a ride-sharing business in Singapore with vehicles that can drive by themselves, allowing locals to commute to their places of work in a driverless taxicab--something many thought was confined only to the realm of science fiction. NuTonomy is the first company in the world to bring a self-driving taxicab service to market. Unlike Uber, which plans to roll out 100 Volvo XC90 SUVs for its self-driving car-sharing service in the first phase, Nutonomy is starting small in that it has only six vehicles, which comprise of Mitsubishi i-Mi and Renault Zoe electric vehicles, and hopes to increase the number to 12 before the year runs out. Only a few people will get a chance to take a ride in Nutonomy's self- driving taxis-which means the service is free for now.NuTonomy says it will extend its invitation to thousands of Singaporeans in the coming months. Safety drivers will always be in the self-driving taxis in Singapore. One will be in the driver's seat to take over the steering wheel just in case something unplanned happens and another driver will be in the back seat with other passengers entering data gathered from the trip onto a computer. A lucky 25-year-old Singaporean named Olivia Seon shared her experience riding in the self-driving taxi. She said she was surprised to see the steering wheel turning by itself(she even thought a ghost was in the driver's seat doing the driving) and was amazed at how the autonomous taxi cab recognized birds, cyclists, human driven cars etc far away--things she herself could't see with her eyes and concluded that she trusts driverless automobiles so much so that she hopes to use the service to get her old man around town easily.Her first ride in a self automated car was a memorable one. The young Singaporean self-driving startup, which beats Google and Uber at their own game, says it would take its autonomous ride-sharing taxi service to other nations, including the United States of America. However NuTonomy did not reveal when it will do so.

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