The partnership aims at building “level 5” autonomous vehicles which will be tested in Singapore.
French car manufacturer Peugeot has entered into a partnership with Massachusetts-based nuTonomy, to test self-driving cars in Singapore.
The company has disclosed that NuTonomy’s sensors, software and computing platforms will be will be installed in Peugeot’s 3008 models as part of its strategic plans to develop the technology required for its fleet of autonomous cars.
In a joint statement, both companies have said through their joint venture they plan on developing “level 5” autonomous vehicles which require no driver inputs. The partnership will also allow both companies to study the manner of how “on-demand autonomous vehicle mobility service” perform.
The development is the latest collaboration between a technology and an automotive company following Daimler’s partnership with Robert Bosch. BMW has also announced an alliance with Intel and Israel-based Mobileye.
As per Anne Laliron who heads the Business Lab at PSA Group, autonomous driving in urban areas requires a more radical approach to vehicle design, especially in the area of sensors and software, such that a car can navigate inner city obstacles.
“That is the reason we jump on the opportunity to work with nuTonomy,” said Laliron.
The PSA Group will use the project to study supply chain requirements for automated autonomous cars.
Significantly, after the initial phase of this partnership, both companies will consider expanding their on-road AV testing initiative to other major cities.