The ultimate goal of the strategic partnership is the deployment of thousands of fully autonomous cars in cities worldwide
nuTonomy, a developer of software for self-driving cars, has forged a deal with Groupe PSA to carry out on-road testing of fully autonomous vehicles in Singapore.
Under the initial phase of the partnership, the Cambridge-based start-up will install its software, along with specialised sensors and computing platforms, into Peugeot 3008 SUV vehicles that have been customised by PSA’s innovation teams.
nuTonomy expects to complete the seamless integration of its autonomous vehicle (AV) system this summer, with testing of the self-driving 3008s beginning in Singapore in September 2017.
The companies will also consider expanding their on-road AV testing initiative to other major cities.
Seamless integration of AV software with vehicle hardware is viewed by both companies as a critical step toward deploying driverless cars at scale, over extended life cycles. This partnership provides an opportunity for both companies to study autonomous vehicle system performance, as well as the end-to-end user experience of an on-demand AV mobility service in urban use cases.
“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 the business lab, Groupe PSA.
“We are excited to work together with nuTonomy’s team of software and robotics experts to make the concept of self-driving PSA cars more and more concrete.”
Groupe PSA said the collaboration bolsters its ambition of becoming the preferred mobility provider for customers worldwide. It is being implemented under its “autonomous vehicle for all” (AVA) programme, will bring to market on-demand mobility solutions offering full autonomy.
“We’re confident that working with Groupe PSA will bring us closer to our goal of deploying a safe, efficient, fully autonomous mobility-on-demand transportation service for urban driving environments,” added Karl Iagnemma, CEO and co-founder, nuTonomy.
nuTonomy has been conducting public trials of an on-demand AV mobility service in Singapore since August last year. The partnership with Groupe PSA expands its test fleet, which operates in one-north, the AV test bed designated by the Singapore Land Transport Authority.
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