Self-driving car startup nuTonomy is bringing an electric test car to streets of its Boston hometown.
Cambridge, Mass.-based nuTonomy will begin testing an electric car in the city by the end of the year, the company said today. The test will start with just one car, a Renault Zoe electric car equipped with nuTonomy’s self-driving software. The test project will take place in the Raymond L. Flynn Marine Park in the southern part of Boston, according to the Wall Street Journal.
“These tests in the city of Boston will enable our engineers to adapt our autonomous vehicle software to the weather and traffic challenges of this unique driving environment,” nuTonomy co-founder Karl Iagnemma said in a statement.
nuTonomy, a spinoff from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), introduced the world’s first self-driving taxis to the streets of Singapore in August. The taxi roll out beat Uber by just a few days when the ride-hailing company announced it would have a small fleet of autonomous taxis operating in Pittsburgh at the end of that month.
NuTonomy also recently made an agreement with Southeast Asian ride-hailing company Grab.
In Singapore, the company plans to roll out a wider commercial fleet in 2018. That’s likely to be well ahead of other companies working on similar projects. Uber, General Motors and Lyft, Google, and Didi Chuxing, all have plans in the works for self-driving vehicles. Tesla Motors plans to start a carsharing service for Tesla owners to generate income once its vehicles become fully autonomous.