World’s first self-driving taxis launched in Singapore

The world’s first self-driving taxi service was launched in Singapore. This launch is significant as it offer technology demonstration that could revolutionize the future transport industry.

The self-driving taxi service was launched Singapore based nuTonomy, an autonomous vehicle software startup. With this nuTonomy became entity in the world first to offer self-driving taxi rides to the public.

Key Facts

  • The Singapore government had given its approval nuTonomy to conduct the self-driving taxi trial for the public.
  • NuTonomy has started this service with small fleet of six cars. It includes modified versions of Renault Zoe and Mitsubishi i-MiEV electric car.
  • Each car is fitted with six sets of Lidar (Light Detection and Ranging), a detection system that uses lasers to operate like radar that constantly spins on the roof.
  • There are also two cameras on the dashboard to scan for obstacles and detect changes in traffic lights.
  • During the trail phase, these vehicles have a computer engineer and backup human driver in case anything goes wrong.

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