With current automotive safety trends hinting at a future with less reliance on the driver and features like lane assist, front-side collision prevention, active cruise control, and parallel park assist, its almost as if the driver doesn't need to be there. Major players in the tech world, like Uber and Google have been pioneering the robotics necessary to to pull off a truly driverless car, but it seems that a dark horse has jumped on the scene as of today. This morning, nuTonomy launched a fleet of self-driving vehicles to act as taxis in Singapore, and it seems that they have gained the upper hand in what Karl Lagnemma (CEO of nuTonomy) says is multi-trillion dollar industry. The service is paired with an app similar to Uber or Lyft and users can order their all-electric Renault or Mitsubishi ride to pick them up. It should be said that the service so far is only made up of 6 vehicles and operates on a 2.6 square mile area just outside of the busier parts of Singapore. Definitely more to come from this exciting jump forward in the automation of automotive and something to keep an eye on!
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