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Autonomous driving software startup nuTonomy, acquired in October 2017 by Aptiv, has gained permission to operate AVs on the streets of Boston. nuTonomy has been testing in the Seaport district of Boston for the last 18 months, and it is now the first company to receive a permit to operate AVs city-wide.

Aptiv, formerly known as Delphi Automotive and formed from a spin-off of Delphi's powertrain business, is also operating an autonomous trial with Lyft in Las Vegas, and nuTonomy has been testing on-street in Singapore, in partnership with ride-hailing firm Grab.

Writing in a blog post, Aptiva's president of automated mobility on demand, Karl Iagnemma, said: "Around the globe, Aptiv and nuTonomy have worked closely with civic leaders to ensure that our vehicle testing is accomplished in a safe, responsible and transparent manner. In our continued partnership with the City of Boston, we are committed to sharing the result of our driving experience through quarterly reports that are made available to the public.

"We're also actively working with the City of Boston and partners to conduct demonstrations and educate new audiences on the promise of autonomous vehicle technologies. Lastly, we've taken the initiative to make freely available a valuable dataset, called 'nuScenes', that will allow individuals and groups to improve their own driverless vehicle software."

-Farah Alkhalisi