Groupe PSA, the parent company of Peugeot, has announced plans to partner with self-driving software developer nuTonomy for on-road trials of fully autonomous vehicles in Singapore later this year.
The partnership will see nuTonomy integrate its software system, along with specialised sensors and computers, into customised Peugeot 3008 SUVs for the on-road tests.
The partners expect to complete the integration of the autonomous vehicle system this summer, allowing trials of the self-driving cars to begin in Singapore in September. The ultimate goal of the partnership is to deploy thousands of fully autonomous cars in cities around the world.
As they work to integrate self-driving software with vehicle hardware – seen by both partners as a critical step towards deploying driverless vehicles at scale – the companies said that the partnership would allow them to study autonomous vehicle system performance, as well as understanding the user experience of an on-demand mobility service using autonomous vehicles in cities.
“This collaboration is a significant step towards fully autonomous vehicles, which will enable us to offer different mobility solutions to our customers,” said Anne Laliron, Head of the Business Lab, Groupe PSA.
“We are excited to work together with nuTonomy’s team of software and robotics experts to make the concept of self-driving PSA cars more and more concrete.”
Singapore is keen to support the development of new mobility offerings as it plans how best to use its infrastructure to support a growing population.
nuTonomy began conducting public trials of an on-demand autonomous vehicle mobility service in the city in August 2016, and its new partnership will expand its test fleet in one-north, Singapore’s designated testing ground for autonomous vehicles.
“We’re confident that working with Groupe PSA will bring us closer to our goal of deploying a safe, efficient, fully autonomous mobility-on-demand transportation service for urban driving environments,” said Karl Iagnemma, CEO and Co-founder of nuTonomy. “We look forward to future collaboration opportunities with PSA.”
Following the initial phase of the partnership, the companies will consider expanding the autonomous vehicle initiative to other major cities.