NuTonomy Singaporean company has launched the world’s first unmanned taxi, reports the Associated Press.
From 25 August in Singapore become available for travel six cars with drone control. In the high-tech fleet has included electric cars, Renault Zoe and Mitsubishi i-MiEV. Each car is equipped with six sets of the detection system called Lidar that uses a laser for orientation in space. Also for vehicles there are two cameras on the dashboard to scan the obstacles and the change detection signal at traffic lights.
By the end of the year, the number of machines running unmanned carrier has promised to increase to 12 by 2018, plans to replace entire fleet of drones.
According to chief operating officer of Singapore company Doug Park, the introduction in city traffic drone taxi nuTonomy will reduce the number of cars in the city three times — from 900 thousand to 300 thousand cars.
Work unmanned taxi restricted until the territory of Singapore business centre service will work within a 6.5 sq km area of the city-state.
In order to use the service, you will have to obtain a special invitation from the carrier. The first use of drones was signed by several dozen clients, and by December nuTonomy plan to involve several thousand people.
As noted by the AP, nuTonomy launched the service unmanned taxi a few weeks before the official release of high-tech American taxi service company Uber.
The company nuTonomy was launched in 2013 by graduates of mit. The service has offices in Massachusetts and Singapore.