Self-driving 3008s will hit the streets of Singapore in September.
Up until not too long ago, only premium automakers were developing and testing autonomous driving systems, but nowadays more and more mainstream brands are hopping on the driverless bandwagon. One of them is Peugeot as it has announced it will team up with nuTonomy for a strategic partnership to conduct a series of on-road tests with specially prepared self-driving 3008 SUVs.
First order of business is to implement the technology into the vehicle and nuTonomy estimates it will complete the task this summer. Beginning with September, the fleet of autonomous Peugeot 3008s will commence testing in Singapore. The tie-up between the two companies is part of PSA’s “Autonomous Vehicle for All” program aiming to turn the group into the “preferred mobility provider for customers worldwide” as stated in the “Push to Pass” strategic plan published a little over a year ago. In the long run, PSA wants to sell fully autonomous cars and that’s why it has inked a deal with nuTonomy and its team of software and robotics experts.
Following the initial tests set to be conducted in Singapore, the two companies will then analyze the prospects of expanding the on-road evaluations to other big cities all over the world. It should be mentioned nuTonomy has been running public trials of cars fitted with self-driving tech in Singapore since August last year.
Recently crowned the “2017 European Car of the Year,” the Peugeot 3008 is now in its second generation and has been transformed into a proper crossover by ditching the MPV traits of its predecessor. A hot GTI version is being considered, while a thrifty hybrid derivative is already in the pipeline. While all 3008 models available today are strictly front-wheel drive, the electrified derivative is expected to feature an AWD setup.
2017 Peugeot 3008 GT
GROUPE PSA AND NUTONOMY FORM STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP TO TEST FULLY AUTONOMOUS VEHICLES IN SINGAPORE
- nuTonomy will seamlessly integrate its self-driving software and sensor system into the new PEUGEOT 3008 SUV for on-road testing later this year.
- The ultimate goal of the partnership is the deployment of thousands of fully autonomous cars in cities worldwide.
Paris, France and Boston, Massachusetts -- nuTonomy, the leading developer of state-of-the-art software for self-driving cars, and Groupe PSA today announced a strategic partnership through which nuTonomy will seamlessly integrate its sophisticated software system into customized PEUGEOT 3008 SUVs for on-road testing of fully autonomous cars in Singapore. The PEUGEOT 3008 SUV was recently named 2017 European Car of the Year.
Under the initial phase of the partnership, nuTonomy will install its software, along with specialized sensors and computing platforms, into PEUGEOT 3008 SUV 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.
This collaboration bolsters Groupe PSA's ambition of becoming the preferred mobility provider for customers worldwide, as described in the company’s strategic plan “Push to Pass” issued in April 2016. This collaboration, which is being implemented under the Groupe PSA’s “Autonomous Vehicle for All” (AVA) program, will bring to market on-demand mobility solutions offering full autonomy.
Anne Laliron, Head of the Business Lab, Groupe PSA, 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 Groupe PSA 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. Groupe PSA’s Business Lab and Innovation Division are launching this collaboration to identify and evaluate new business opportunities, particularly in the Mobility and Digital fields.
nuTonomy has been conducting public trials of an on-demand AV mobility service in Singapore since August 2016. The partnership with Groupe PSA expands nuTonomy’s test fleet, which operates in one-north, the AV test bed designated by the Singapore Land Transport Authority (LTA). Singapore actively supports the development of new mobility solutions, as it seeks to embrace a growing population while maximizing the efficient use of infrastructure. nuTonomy’s founders and the LTA have been R&D partners in the development of commercial AV services since 2010.