Software developer nuTonomy has launched the world’s first public trial of a “robo-taxi” service. The trial will be held within Singapore’s One-North business district, where “select” Singapore residents are invited to use nuTonomy’s ride-hailing smartphone app to book a ride in a nuTonomy self-driving car.

The self-driving car fleet is currently made up of a Renault Zoe or Mitsubishi i-MiEV electric vehicle, which has been fitted with the company’s suite of detection and processing hardware, as well as self-driving software. An engineer will be present in the car during each ride to collect data, as well as assume control if needed.

nuTonomy hopes to introduce a widely-available commercial “robo-taxi” service in Singapore by 2018. The company was selected by the Singapore Land Transport Authority (LTA) earlier this month as an R&D partner, to support the development of a commercial autonomous vehicle (AV) service in Singapore.

“nuTonomy’s first-in-the-world public trial is a direct reflection of the level of maturity that we have achieved with our AV software system. The trial represents an extraordinary opportunity to collect feedback from riders in a real-world setting, and this feedback will give nuTonomy a unique advantage as we work toward deployment of a self-driving vehicle fleet in 2018,” said CEO and co-founder of nuTonomy, Karl Iagnemma.

In addition to Singapore, nuTonomy is operating self-driving cars in Michigan and the United Kingdom, where it tests software in partnership with major automotive manufacturers such as Jaguar Land Rover.