Last Thursdays, in Singapore, the world’s first driverless taxis were limitedly tested in public. This will beats out rivals like Uber, in race of changing this service industry. These “robocabs” are currently under experiments in research facilities away from Singapore.
Data from the experiment will determine the progress of the project, said nuTonomy, a US-based tech start-up that developed the software used in the vehicles "This feedback will give nuTonomy a unique advantage as we work toward deployment of a self-driving vehicle fleet in 2018," he said.
The taxis - will operate in 4 kilometer square, with set pick-up and drop-off points. Trips will be booked through the company's smartphone app. And each of the trips will be monitored by one of the company’s engineers.
Last week, Uber said that end of this month; it will launch driverless cars in Pittsburgh. They also established a $300 million venture Volvo to develop self-driving cars for sale by 2021.
On the other hand, Alphabet announced in May that it partnered with Fiat Chrysler in order to expand their fleet of self-driving vehicles. It is expected to hit the roads by end-2016.