Groupe PSA has announced a strategic partnership with nuTonomy, described as the the leading developer of software for self-driving cars. With this, nuTonomy will integrate its software system into customised Peugeot 3008 SUVs for on-road testing of fully autonomous cars in Singapore.

Under the initial phase of the partnership, nuTonomy will install its software, along with specialised sensors and computing platforms into a fleet of 3008 vehicles that have been customised by PSA’s innovation teams. nuTonomy expects to complete the integration of its autonomous vehicle (AV) system this summer, with on-road testing beginning in Singapore in September.

Following the initial phase, the companies will consider expanding their on-road AV testing initiative to other major cities around the world.

Seamless integration of AV software with vehicle hardware is viewed by both companies as a critical step towards deploying driverless cars at scale, over extended life cycles. This partnership provides an opportunity for both parties to study AV system performance, as well as the end-to-end user experience of an on-demand AV mobility service in an urban setting.

The collaboration, which is being implemented under PSA’s “Autonomous Vehicle for All” (AVA) programme, will bring to market on-demand mobility solutions offering full autonomy.

“It’s 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,” said Anne Laliron, head of the business lab at PSA.

nuTonomy has been conducting public trials of an on-demand AV mobility service in Singapore since August 2016. The partnership with PSA expands nuTonomy’s test fleet, which operates in one-north, the AV test bed designated by the Singapore Land Transport Authority (LTA). nuTonomy’s founders – Drs. Karl Iagnemma and Emilio Frazzoli of MIT – and the LTA have been R&D partners in the development of commercial AV services since 2010. The company also tests AVs on public roads in Boston.

GALLERY: Peugeot 3008