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Why Singapore Will Get Self-Driving Cars First

The city-state seems practically destined for autonomous vehicles.
A driverless vehicle is tested in Singapore last year.
A driverless vehicle is tested in Singapore last year. Edgar Su/Reuters

The idea of a self-driving car has long held great fascination. In the 1920s and 1930s, “phantom autos” were driven for spectacle in demos across the United States. The cars—often Pontiacs—were not truly “driverless,” as they were operated by remote control rather than computers.

Today, honest-to-goodness self-driving cars are becoming a reality, and not just in the United States. This week, Delphi Automotive announced that it will launch a fleet of six automated taxis in Singapore next year.