Peugeot Instinct self-driving concept car on display at 87th international Geneva Motor Show at Palexpo-Geneva on March 9, 2017, in Switzerland. Source: Shutterstock/Dong liu

Peugeot gears up with nuTonomy for self-driving car test

FRENCH carmaker Peugeot is partnering with Massachusetts-based tech firm nuTonomy to test self-driving cars in Singapore.

NuTonomy’s software, sensors and computing platforms will be installed in Peugeot 3008 models as part of plans to develop the technology needed for large fleets of autonomous cars, PSA and nuTonomy said in a statement on Wednesday.

The latest PSA Group project seeks to work on “level five” autonomous capable vehicles, which require no driver input and will allow both companies to study how an “on-demand autonomous vehicle mobility service” performs, they said.

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The combination is the latest between technology and automotive companies after Daimler, which owns Mercedes-Benz, last month unveiled an autonomous cars development partnership with supplier Robert Bosch, while BMW has announced an alliance with chipmaker Intel and Israel’s Mobileye .

Autonomous driving in urban areas requires a more radical approach to vehicle design, particularly for software and sensors, to help a car navigate inner-city obstacles, PSA Group head of the Business Lab Anne Laliron said.

“That is the reason we jump on the opportunity to work with nuTonomy,” Laliron told Reuters.

PSA Group will use the project to learn about what components make sense, and which suppliers are available, Laliron said.

Following the initial phase of this partnership, the companies will consider expanding their on-road AV testing initiative to other major cities.

NuTonomy, a software company founded by Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) academics and McKinsey management consultants, was the first to begin on-the-road testing of driverless taxi services in Singapore last year.

It raised US$16 million last May in a funding round led by Highland Capital Partners and has backing from Singapore government authorities and Samsung Ventures, among others. – Reuters