NuTonomy Introduces World’s First Self-Driving Taxi Service
NuTonomy, a 3-year-old taxi service founded by 2 MIT graduates, has reached a milestone by beating it’s biggest competitor, Uber Technologies Inc. A lot a companies have been testing self-driving cars, but Nutonomy is the first in offering it to the public.
“Quite frankly I think Uber is the Goliath and we need to show that our technology is working and getting to a level of maturity that is viable for the marketplace,”
– Doug Parker, chief operating officer of NuTonomy
Six cars from the companies, Renault Zoes and Mitsubishi i-MiEVs have been introduced. Moreover, there is a trial period along with free rides given to its passengers. Soon, 6 more cars would be added. During the trial period, there will be a computer engineer and a backup human driver to ensure safety.
These self-driving cars will be a “revolution” in the transportation industry. The company plans to launch a full-fledged fleet by 2018.