Oops! nuTonomy driverless car hits a lorry in Singapore test

A nuTonomy self-driving taxi drives on the road during its public trial in Singapore August 25, 2016. REUTERS/Edgar Su/Files

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – A self-driving car being tested by nuTonomy on Singapore public roads collided with a lorry on Tuesday, the city-state’s transport regulator said, adding that no one was hurt.

“The test vehicle was changing lane when it collided with a lorry,” the Land Transport Authority said in a Facebook post.

nuTonomy, which is developing and testing the technology, said the car was operating with two engineers onboard and travelling slowly.

Countries around the world are encouraging the development of autonomous technologies, and Singapore, with its limited land and workforce, is hoping driverless vehicles will encourage its residents to use more shared vehicles and public transport.

Singapore’s testing of the technology is being closely watched as tech firms and automakers race to build self-drive cars and develop new business plans for what is expected to be a long-term makeover of personal transport.

Four different groups are testing driverless cars in a western Singapore district. The test routes open to participants was doubled to 12 km (7.4 miles) last month.

In September, ride-hailing firm Grab partnered with nuTonomy to allow some users to book driverless cars via its app.

(Reporting by Aradhana Aravindan; Editing by Nick Macfie)

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