Self-driving taxi startup nuTonomy has announced that it will soon expand its autonomous vehicle trials to Boston, after having first rolled out the technology in Singapore.
The company just struck a deal with the City of Boston and Massachusetts Department of Transportation and will bring its self-driving Renault Zoe to U.S. streets. As with the trial in Singapore, one of the company’s engineers will remain on-board the hatchback to take the wheel if necessary.
In a statement, Boston mayor Martin J. Walsh said “Boston is ready to lead the charge on self-driving vehicles, and I am committed to ensuring autonomous vehicles will benefit Boston’s residents. This is an exciting step forward, and together with our public and private partners, we will continue to lead the way in creating a safe, reliable and equitable mobility plan for Boston’s residents.”
When nuTonomy first hit the streets of Singapore, its vehicles were permitted to drive around the One-North business district with a passenger and engineer on board. In doing so, it beat Uber to the punch of testing a self-driving taxi on public roads.