The French Peugeot Citroen group has decided the second-generation Peugeot 3008 SUV will become the testing bed prototype for the company’s first trial batch of autonomous vehicles.
The company has decided to go to Singapore because it has partnered with nuTonomy, which provides the autonomous driving technology, with trials taking place on the city’s public streets. This means the French automaker provides the automobile and nuTonomy the software, as well as the integration of a dedicated sensor system. The public trials should commence later on this year, and the automaker has already provided a preview glimpse of one of the prototypes to be used – which looks exactly like any other 3008, save for the partner’s branding.
The Peugeot 3008 has been recently crowned as the 2017 European Car of the Year two months prior, for the first time when an SUV wins the accolade on the Old Continent. nuTonomy on itself is a recent startup that has gained international recognition when it kicked off autonomous vehicle tests on public roads in Singapore since August 2016, with the catch being they were the first in the world to offer rides to regular folk in these self-driving cars. Testing them in Singapore and not France also has to do with the partner’s experience and the regulations – Singapore’s Land Transportation Authority has worked with nuTonomy in research and development since 2010.