Singapore’s nuTonomy, founded by two researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, said Thursday it began testing a free taxi-hailing service in a small business district in Singapore called one-north, a campus-like space dominated by tech firms and biotechnology companies. Other tech companies including Chinese internet giant Baidu Inc. have been testing self-driving cars on the roads for years, but this is the first time the vehicles have been open to public use.
…Mr. Parker said the Singapore government had laid out a series of milestones for nuTonomy to achieve before it is allowed to extend its trials to other areas of the city. He declined to provide details on those milestones, but said the next stage would be to expand the service to a neighborhood adjacent to one-north.
Here is the WSJ piece, here are other articles. I recall predicting about a year and a half ago that Singapore would be the first to do this. A Singaporean countered me, and interjected they were very worried that their plans were falling behind. I said: “That is exactly my point. You are worried that you are falling behind. Congratulations.”
Worry. Singapore. Think about it.