Ride hailing app Grab has partnered with nuTonomy on its current trial of driverless cars in Singapore.
The deal will see select customers able to book a ride in a driverless car via the Grab app, with the end-to-end experience being tracked by both business as part of the trial. Within the app a new ‘robo-car’ icon will appear, allowing people to travel for free around the ‘One-North’ area of Singapore and surrounding neighborhoods.
According to nuTonomy, a safety driver will be on board and will take control of the vehicle for the parts of the trip outside One-North.
Anthony Tan, CEO and co-founder of Grab, said: “Grab and nuTonomy share a similar vision of advancing Singapore’s world-class public transport network by offering the widest range of mobility services to commuters. This landmark tech partnership is a step towards supplementing Singapore’s transport network with an innovative driverless commuting option for underserved areas of Singapore.”
The public trial, first announced in May, is the first of its kind in the world and is aiming to become the first fully operational fleet of self-driving cars.
Yeoh Keat Chuan, managing director of the Singapore Economic Development Board, said: "Singapore’s vision is to become a leading location in Asia for the innovation and commercialisation of future mobility technologies and services. We welcome the partnership between nuTonomy and Grab, which will contribute to the development and deployment of self-driving technologies here. It is also a great testament to the vibrancy of the urban mobility ecosystem in Singapore.”
The trial will run for the next two months but may be extended.