Friday, August 26, 2016
By Manoj Kumawat
World’s first self driven taxi finally on roads
It was on August 25, 2016 when finally self driven taxis have hit the roads as source of generation next transportation. It is reported NuTonomy, the renowned autonomous vehicle tech group in Singapore has commenced the service of receiving passengers from their venue. Although the beginning of transportation through self driven cars is evolution of new era, but at present it is restricted in limited area. According to reports only six self driven cars modified by NuTonomy are being used for this purpose and their drive is limited only in radius of 2.5 square mile. With this NuTonomy has taken over Uber to offer autonomous vehicle as public transport.
Last week Uber had announced that it will start testing its autonomous vehicles in Pittsburgh sometimes during the ongoing month. According to reports autonomous taxis from Uber will be offered to passengers randomly while NuTonomy has asked natives to be partner in this project and enjoy the travel in self driven vehicle. Interestingly both the operators are offering the facility of drive free of cost to their passengers.
According to reports started by two research scholars from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, NuTonomy announced to commence the testing of free taxi in small district of Singapore known as one-north. The place is normally acquired by technical firms and biotechnology companies. In the words of Doug Parker, COO of nuTonomy, “Quite frankly I think Uber is the Goliath and we need to show that our technology is working and getting to a level of maturity that is viable for the marketplace,”. Moving ahead Mr. Parker said “We’re in a technology race here and I think there are going to be a handful of winners.”
The vehicles used by NuTonomy will be supported with a computer engineer and a supportive driver so as to handle the situation in case if anything happens wrong. To acquire the service the passengers will be required to book drive through an app from their smartphone.