PSA Group to begin AV testing
The PSA Group and nuTonomy, a leading developer of state-of-the-art software for self-driving cars, has announced a strategic partnership which will see on-road testing of fully autonomous cars in Singapore.
The partnership will see nuTonomy integrate its sophisticated software system into customized Peugeot 3008 SUVs.
Under the initial phase of the partnership, nuTonomy will install its software, along with specialized sensors and computing platforms, into Peugeot 3008 vehicles that have been customized by PSA’s innovation teams. nuTonomy expects to complete the integration of its autonomous vehicle (AV) system this summer, with on-road testing of the self-driving 3008s beginning in Singapore in September.
Seamless integration of AV software with vehicle hardware is viewed by both companies as a critical step toward deploying driverless cars at scale, over extended life cycles. This partnership provides an opportunity for both companies to study autonomous vehicle system performance, as well as the end-to-end user experience of an on-demand AV mobility service in urban use cases.
Anne Laliron, head of the business lab, PSA Group, said, ‘This collaboration is a significant step towards fully autonomous vehicles, which will enable us to offer different mobility solutions to our customers. We are excited to work together with nuTonomy’s team of software and robotics experts to make the concept of self-driving PSA cars more and more concrete.’
Karl Iagnemma, CEO and co-founder of nuTonomy, said, ‘We’re confident that working with PSA Group will bring us closer to our goal of deploying a safe, efficient, fully autonomous mobility-on-demand transportation service for urban driving environments. We look forward to future collaboration opportunities with PSA.’
Following the initial phase of this partnership, the companies will consider expanding their on-road AV testing initiative to other major cities around the world.