U.S. startup Nutonomy has launched a trial in Singapore of what it says is the first driverless taxi fleet in the world. Kirsty Basset reports.
Ride-hailing apps are nothing new. But cars that show up without a driver certainly are. Singapore-based company Nutonomy has launched a trial of what it says is the first driverless taxi service in the world. Members of the public are allowed to hail a free ride as part of the trial. And the hope is a full passenger service will be launched from 2018. And an even bigger goal is for the technology to change the way we live. (SOUNDBITE) (English) NUTONOMY CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER, DOUG PARKER, SAYING: "This is really a moment in history that's going to change how cities are built, how we really look at our surroundings. Much like the advent of mass produced cars after World War Two really created a lot of cities in America and around the world autonomous vehicles I think are going to change the way we build cities." He hopes to have over 100 autonomous cars on Singapore roads by 2018.