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A Check In On Boston's Self-Driving Car Industry05:00
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Self-driving car startup nuTonomy completed an autonomous vehicle passenger pilot program in Boston.
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Self-driving car startup nuTonomy completed an autonomous vehicle passenger pilot program in Boston. (Courtesy nuTonomy)

Select passengers can now hail a self-driving car in the Seaport. That's where local startup nuTonomy is testing their fleet, in partnership with the ride-hailing company Lyft.

nuTonomy announced the move last week. And just Tuesday, the company said it's launching a new technology center in Boston, along with the global autonomous vehicle company Aptiv, which will host 300 jobs.

President of nuTonomy Karl Iagnemma says the new center will focus on the "brain" and "perception capabilities" of these cars.

"Really what this dictates is expertise in machine learning," said Iagnemma. "Expertise in data mining, expertise in some very specialized robotic technology. These are some components from a technical perspective for a self driving car."

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Zeninjor Enwemeka, Bostonomix reporter for WBUR.

This segment aired on December 14, 2017.

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