Today, we're pleased to announce that passengers in Boston's Seaport district were able to experience self-driving rides on the Lyft network in nuTonomy vehicles. It will give some select consumers access to the sort of future-is-here experience of getting in a self-driving auto for two companies that seem to be relatively unknown in a market populated by Waymo and Uber, which are both looking to create a massive network of self-driving cars.
According to nuTonomy, their primary objective is to give the public a real experience of what it's like to ride in a driverless vehicle, thereby letting users appreciate the effect this new technology has in their daily life. It's also testing autonomous taxis in Singapore. While it's limited to a select part of Boston, getting those tests up and running is critical to get enough data to broaden the program.
The launches are part of a competitive race to a ride-sharing future, with established automakers such as Ford and BMW and ride-sharing groups Uber and Lyft in the mix.
A startup created by former engineers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, nuTonomy deployed a small number of vehicles for the world's first self-driving taxis previous year in Singapore.