Driving the Future of Mobility in Boston

Our First US-based Autonomous Driving Passenger Rides

nuTonomy has had an exciting year. In January, we began testing our driverless vehicle technology in Boston’s Seaport district.  In June, we were named a Technology Pioneer by the World Economic Forum.  Just last week, we officially joined the Aptiv family.  We’re proud of our team’s efforts to realize our vision of radically improving the safety, efficiency, and accessibility of transportation in cities worldwide. This is why we’re particularly excited to share our latest achievement.

Three weeks ago, in collaboration with the City of Boston and the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, we kicked off Boston’s first autonomous vehicle passenger pilot in the Seaport district. During the pilot, nuTonomy friends and family had the opportunity to hail a self-driving vehicle using nuTonomy’s booking app, then experience a round-trip autonomous ride from our offices to Boston’s South Station and back.

We view driverless vehicles as part of a robust urban mobility ecosystem that is inclusive of all types of road users – including human-driven cars, autonomous vehicles, bikes, taxis, and pedestrians. Through on-road and simulation testing, we test, learn from, and refine our technology so that we can operate safely and efficiently as part of this ecosystem. Until recently in the US, only nuTonomy’s engineers were able to ride in our Boston-based fleet. However, it’s only through public passenger pilots that we can gain objective feedback related to the experience of hailing and riding in an autonomous vehicle.  These pilots let members of the public experience driverless vehicles first-hand so that they can form their own judgments about the technology.

We’re proud of this accomplishment for two reasons. First, we’re pleased to be the only company to autonomously carry members of the public on two continents, in two dynamic, world-class cities – Singapore and Boston. This highlights our ability to adapt our software to distinct driving conditions, including driving on both the left (Singapore) and right (US) sides of the road and driving in cities with widely varied signage, road markings, weather, and traffic conditions. Such adaptability is a critical enabler for scaling autonomous driving globally. Second, we’re proud to highlight Boston as an innovation hub. Like Singapore, Boston has been a tremendously collaborative partner that has proven its willingness to work hand-in-hand with industry to enable testing and development of new technology.

We’re excited for what’s to come for nuTonomy and autonomous driving in 2018. We look forward to continuing our work to perfect the autonomous vehicle passenger experience, refine nuTonomy’s technology, and expand our public pilots in Boston, Singapore, and beyond.