Driverless car hits lorry in Singapore

10/18/2016, 2:37 PM
Driverless car hits lorry in Singapore

A robo-taxi collided with a lorry in Singapore on Tuesday, marking the world's first accident involving a driverless taxi, according to the country's Land Transport Authority (LTA).

The self-driving vehicle operated by the robotics company NuTonomy hit a lorry while changing lanes at low speed, the LTA said, adding that there were no passengers on board, apart from two engineers. It is not yet clear whether the car was in autonomous mode at the time of the collision and the investigations into the matter are still ongoing, the LTA explained. The accident took place in Singapore's One North district, where a 6 kilometers long grid of streets is currently used for driverless car tests.

NuTonomy, an MIT spin-off startup, launched the world's first public trial of a driverless taxi service in the city-state in August.

TeleTrader Newsroom / IB