Singapore is gearing up to become the world’s first “smart nation”, with another deal to bring self-drive taxis to the city.The city authorities signed a deal with start-up nuTonomy to test autonomous vehicles in March.
Now Delphi Automotive will also offer a small fleet of automated taxis to carry passengers around a business park. The driverless cabs could reduce an average $3-a-mile ride to 90 cents, the firm said.
Initially, the cars will have drivers, ready to take over if the system fails but the plan is to gradually phase the human out in 2019.
By 2019, the plan is to have fully autonomous cars without steering wheels but they will only be tested with a “controlled group of people,” according to the firm.