SELF-DRIVING CARS A GAME-CHANGER FOR PROPERTY?

It is conceivable that self-driving cars will disrupt several industries resulting in vast improvements in lifestyle and game-changing trends in housing.

Text by Benjamin Yong

It has been predicted that the first self-driving cars will be rolled out for the public by 2018. It’s partially coming true as public trials of self-driving taxis are currently taking place in Singapore, the US and Europe.

In August 2016, nuTonomy, the leading developer of state-of-the-art software for self-driving cars (SDV), launched its autonomous taxi service, a first in the world, as a pilot project in Singapore. Since April, nuTonomy, a three-year-old company founded by some alumni of the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), has been testing its SDVs in Singapore.

The service is free but limited only to travel within the one-north business district as well as to adjacent neighbourhoods. Accompanying the passenger will be a nuTonomy safety driver and a support engineer who will observe system performance. The safety driver will take over the driving if the trip requires travel outside of one-north.

Unfazed by this new potential competition, in September, Grab, Southeast Asia’s leading ride-hailing app, joined the SDV revolution by allowing its select users a chance to use its app to hail the nuTonomy taxi. 

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