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The maker of Peugeot and Citroen cars is teaming up with robotics startup nuTonomy to test self-driving cars in Singapore.

The startup, which beat Uber last year to launch the first public trials of a robot taxi service, will install its software, sensors and computing platforms into Peugeot 3008 sports utility vehicles.

The adapted Peugeots will be road-tested in Singapore from September, the two companies said in a statement on Wednesday.

Carmakers are racing to prepare for an expected shift towards autonomous driving. In January, Daimler and Uber announced a partnership to operate self-driving cars on Uber’s ride-sharing network.

Anne Laliron, who heads a unit at Peugeot maker PSA which is tasked with exploring new business opportunities, said:

This collaboration is 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.

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