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PSA will provide Peugeot 3008 SUVs for NuTonomy to outfit with its autonomous-driving hardware. Those cars will hit the streets of Singapore in September and from there, PSA and NuTonomy will evaluate other joint projects.
“This collaboration is a significant step towards fully autonomous vehicles, which will enable us to offer different mobility solutions to our customers,” said Anne Laliron, head of Groupe PSA’s Business Lab, in a statement.
Karl lagnemma, CEO and co-founder of NuTonomy, added that the partnership with PSA will bring his firm closer to their goal of “deploying a safe, efficient, fully autonomous mobility-on-demand transportation service for urban driving environments
The NuTonomy self-driving taxis hit the streets of Singapore in August 2016. Riders can hail them using a smartphone, although the service has been limited to Singapore’s 2.5-square-mile “one-north” district so far. The pilot program launched with six cars and a few dozen registered participants, but NuTonomy hopes to have a more substantial fleet ready for commercial service by 2018.
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