US-based technology startup nuTonomy has announced a strategic partnership with auto manufacturer Groupe PSA to integrate its state-of-the-art software for self-driving cars into customized Peugeot 3008 SUVs for on-road testing of fully autonomous cars in Singapore.
Under the initial phase of the partnership, nuTonomy will install its software, along with specialized sensors and computing platforms, into Peugeot vehicles that have been customized by PSA’s innovation teams.
nuTonomy expects to complete the integration of its autonomous vehicle system this summer, with on-road testing of the self-driving 3008s beginning in Singapore in September.
Seamless integration of autonomous vehicle software with vehicle hardware is a critical step toward deploying driverless cars at scale, over extended life cycles.
This partnership provides an opportunity for both companies to study autonomous vehicle system performance, as well as the end-to-end user experience of an on-demand mobility service using autonomous vehicles in urban areas.
Groupe PSA said this collaboration bolsters the manufacturer’s ambition of becoming the preferred mobility provider for customers worldwide, as described in the company’s strategic plan “Push to Pass” last year.
Following the initial phase of this partnership, the companies will consider expanding their on-road autonomous vehicle testing initiative to other major cities around the world.
nuTonomy has been conducting public trials of an on-demand autonomous vehicle mobility service in Singapore since August 2016.
The partnership with Groupe PSA expands nuTonomy’s test fleet, which operates in one-north, the autonomous vehicle test bed designated by the Singapore Land Transport Authority (LTA).
nuTonomy’s founders and the LTA have been research and development partners in the development of commercial AV services since 2010.