Driver­less taxi hits lorry in Sin­ga­pore trial

Kuwait Times - - TECHNOLOGY -

SIN­GA­PORE: A car tak­ing part in the world’s first pub­lic trial of driver­less taxis was slightly dam­aged yes­ter­day when it col­lided with a lorry in Sin­ga­pore, its op­er­a­tor said. No one was hurt in the ac­ci­dent in One North, a sub­ur­ban re­search cam­pus where the ve­hi­cle has been on a limited run since Au­gust, US soft­ware firm nuTon­omy said in a state­ment. “None of the peo­ple in­volved was in­jured. The nuTon­omy car, which was op­er­at­ing with two en­gi­neers on­board, was trav­el­ling at a low speed at the time of the in­ci­dent,” it said.

A com­pany spokes­woman told AFP the dam­age to the car was “min­i­mal” and the trial has not been sus­pended. The cause of the ac­ci­dent is not yet known. The com­pany, po­lice and Sin­ga­pore’s Land Trans­port Au­thor­ity are in­ves­ti­gat­ing.

The au­thor­ity said in a state­ment the taxi was chang­ing lanes when it col­lided with the lorry. NuTon­omy be­came the world’s first com­pany to launch driver­less taxi tri­als in pub­lic, beat­ing ri­val Uber by weeks. —AFP

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