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Singapore's self-driving taxi service has its first accident

Thankfully no one was hurt.
Timothy J. Seppala, @timseppala
October 19, 2016
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That didn't take long: One of Singapore's nuTonomy self-driving taxis has already been in an at-fault collision. Less than a month after the service launched, a slow-moving taxi hit a lorry (translation: a truck) while changing lanes, according to a Facebook post from Singapore's Land Transport Authority (LTA). Thankfully no one was injured in the accident, but that isn't stopping the LTA and local police from investigating the matter anyway.

In a statement to The Verge, nuTonomy says that it's fully cooperating with the LTA and will be conducting its own investigation to determine the "exact cause of the accident."

Instances like this are just a matter of course at this point. As self-driving vehicles continue move from fringe tech to something more mainstream, accidents are bound to happen. Google and Tesla have had their own mishaps, and it'll only be a matter of time before Uber and Delphi join the ranks alongside nuTonomy and co.

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