First ‘autonomous’ taxi hits the streets of Singapore
28th August 2016Category : TechnologiesPublished by :Rahul Verma Reading Time : 4 Minute News Sourced : India
Sci-fi based movies and novels have taken human imagination beyond level about driverless vehicles, future cars are ready to take control. The first driverless taxi is open for public trial on the streets of Singapore and famous automobile and app developer companies are in the race of rolling on this technology.
Robots are fast becoming the way of life and best to look on for convenient operation and time saving approach, ditto though app based technology, we can control vehicle from our mobile. Think of the driverless car like in Steven Spielbergs in movie ‘Minority Report’, the future of computer-controlled mass transit system. The ‘autopilot’ features in movie ‘The Fifth Element’ has stunned the audience and knocked the mind of creating autopilot features.
The US-based software developer company nuTonomy has initiated such a praising effort of commencing self-driving cab service that can be called through smartphone app to take from location and dropping at our destination.
In an interview with Singapore based portal, nuTonomy Chief Operations Officer Doug Parker shared, that it chose to try out the service in Singapore because of the high consumer demand for taxis here, well-maintained roads and clear government regulations for its tests. "Singapore is the best place in the world for self-driving cars," said Parker.
The nuTonomy has invited a select group of people to download their app and ride for free in its "robo-taxi" in a western Singapore hi-tech business district, hoping to get feedback ahead of a planned full launch of the service in 2018. The trial rides took place in a Mitsubishi i-MiEv electric vehicle, with an engineer sitting behind the steering wheel to monitor the system and take control if necessary.
The American multinational transport Uber is also betting big to ride on the future of driverless cars. Uber said the launch would take place in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; it was teaming up with Volvo. Worldwide leaders Tesla and Google are also working on this concept.
Apart from nuTonomy several companies are eager to launch self-driving vehicles, with automakers and technology firms striking new alliances. Israeli software maker Mobileye NV has said its driverless vehicle collaboration with Delphi Automotive would be ready for production by 2019, while Ford said its self-driving car was slated for 2021.
Volvo, working with Thatcham – the insurance research body – recently announced that it will start testing its driverless technologies in and around London next year, with a rollout of up to 100 cars in 2018.
The self-driving car can better be playing its part in busiest roads of metropolitan cities. The driverless car system should change the scenario of journeys where every rout can be planned and takes the pledge of safer travel. This pledge will save life of many with the dedicated routes also to ease pollution problem to many countries.