"It heralds a new dawn in transportation – the world's first self-driving taxis have begun picking up passengers.
Members of the public in Singapore are able to hail the autonomous vehicles using their smartphones.
The service is being provided by start-up autonomy, which has pipped car makers like Ford and Volvo along with internet giant Google and ride-hailing service Uber to provide the robotic cars."
Again, these will start out as free self drive taxis which are designed to get the locals comfortable with the idea. Like the 3 self drive buses in France, Finland, and Austria, and the soon to appear self drive Uber vehicles in Pittsburg, these will also have an engineer/operator abroad to monitor the vehicle. This is mostly a hand holding maneuver to comfort jittery government bureaucrats, and the locals who have never seen something like a self drive car.
This technology will either be allowed to organically develop in the US or it will develop elsewhere, and then suddenly be imported to the US, either way it will come, and when it does, it will come in force.
Expect these changes to continue to occur, and for these "experimental" vehicles to slowly but surely replace the vehicles we use today.
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