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September 01, 2016
Driverless taxi firm eyes operations in 10 cities by 2020
Singapore (AFP) Aug 29, 2016
A US software firm which chose Singapore for the world's first public trial of driverless taxis hopes to be operating in 10 Asian and US cities by 2020, an executive said Monday. Doug Parker, nuTonomy's chief operating officer, said the firm is eyeing tests by early next year in three other Asian countries which he declined to name. He said an announcement of the test venues would be made within the next month or so. The company last week kicked off the world's first driverless taxi service ... read more

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