Peugeot and nuTonomy collaborate to test and deploy self-driving in Peugeot 3008 SUV

Article by Christian A., on May 5, 2017

Self-driving sports utility vehicles from Peugeot may soon hit the roads as part of a project to test fully autonomous vehicles. The French carmaker has entered into a strategic partnership with nuTonomy – a self-driving car startup that had been formed at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 2013 – to have the Cambridge-based company install and implement its self-driving technology into Peugeot’s 3008 SUV.

Once nuTonomy’s software system has been fully installed into the Peugeot 3008 SUV, the partners will commence on-road testing of the self-driving vehicle in Singapore. The partnership is eyeing – ultimately -- to deploy thousands of fully autonomous cars in cities around the world.

As agreed, the initial phase of the partnership will entail nuTonomy having to seamlessly integrate its autonomous vehicle (AV) system – including its software, specialized sensors and computing platforms -- into the Peugeot 3008 SUVs. The partners consider the seamless integration of the AV system with vehicle hardware as a critical step toward deploying self-driving vehicle in large numbers and over extended life cycles.

These Peugeot 3008 units have received hardware customizations by PSA’s innovation teams, in order for them to seamlessly accommodate nuTonomy’s AV system. nuTonomy is expecting to complete the integration of the AV system this summer. The partners plan to commence on-road testing of the autonomous 3008s in September in Singapore, where nuTonomy has been conducting public trials of an on-demand AV mobility service since August 2016.

PSA sees the project as vital to realizing its ambition of becoming the preferred mobility provider for customers around the word -- as laid out in its “Push to Pass” strategic plan unveiled in April 2016. The partnership -- implemented under the group’s “Autonomous Vehicle for All” (AVA) program – should help bring fully autonomous mobility solutions into the market, as highlighted by Anne Laliron, Head of the Business Lab and Innovation Division at Groupe PSA. This division was responsible for launching the partnership, which was intended to identify and assess new business opportunities, especially in the Mobility and Digital fields.

After completing the tests in Singapore, the partners may expand trials – subject to evaluation -- of the self-driving Peugeot 3008 SUVs to other big cities around the world. Karl Iagnemma, chief executive and co-founder of nuTonomy, remarked that the collaboration should help the IT company get closer to its goal of deploying a fully autonomous mobility-on-demand transportation service in urban settings.

Prior to the agreement with Peugeot, nuTonomy’s test fleet in Singapore includes specially configured Renault Zoe or Mitsubishi i-MiEV electric vehicles. While these test vehicles are fully autonomous, an engineer from nuTonomy rides along both to monitor their performance and take over control for safety reasons. The partnership should add Peugeot 3008 into nuTonomy’s test fleet, and these SUVs are expected to be operated in a similar manner.

Press Release

GROUPE PSA AND NUTONOMY FORM STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP TO TEST FULLY AUTONOMOUS VEHICLES IN SINGAPORE

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.

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