driverless taxi
Credit: 2getthere

News of driverless car innovations are popping up everywhere, but there's a joint venture in Singapore that has given themselves a deadline for putting people in hands-free vehicles (more on that later). Dutch company 2getthere has joined forces with SMRT Services—a company that provides buses, trains, and cars for public transportion—to create a whole new way to get around. The two companies recently unveiled a plan for what can only be described as a fleet of electricity-fueled, driverless pods. The new cars will be able to transporter 24 people per pod, allegedly attending to 8,000 passengers every hour.

The hope is that within a few years, these autonomous taxis will be a common form of public transportation. Before that, 2getthere and SMRT have expressed their plan to have these pods on the road by the end of 2016. Whether or not that will actually happened to yet to be determined, but we've got our fingers crossed.

Erika Owen is the Audience Engagement Editor at Travel + Leisure. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram at @erikaraeowen.