First self-driving bus trial to kick off in Singapore

Published on : Wednesday, October 19, 2016

buses-in-singaporeOn Wednesday that is 19th October, the very first self-driving bus kickstarted in Singapore.



This event followed the formation of an agreement between the Nanyang Technological University or NTU and Land Transport Authority that aims to create and test automated bus technologies. The work to design and create the automated technology would start soon.


However, the buses would not hit the Singapore streets immediately.


The Pioneer MRT station, the roads between CleanTech Park in Jurong and NTU would be included among the test routes for these buses that would run on automated technologies. If the trial of these buses are successful, there would be scheduled bus services for inter-town and intra-town travel.


The Energy Research Institute at NTU would work in unison with the LTA in order to come up with automated bus technologies.


It would also operate a trial that would include 12-metre electric hybrid buses. This comes at a time after the LTA had requested for information on self-driving concepts in June last year.


As per this trial, the existing buses would be equipped with charging technology as well as intelligent sensors. In addition, an automated system would also be installed in the buses that would possess the capability of navigating the local road traffic of Singapore and climatic conditions. The buses would be recharged on bus stops or bus depots.


In 2013, NTU had made its foray into the technology of automated vehicles.


It had introduced a driverless electric shuttle moving across its campus and CleanTech Park during that year.


Professor Lam Khin Yong, chief of staff and vice president of NTU said that such kind a trial of automated buses was the first of its kind in Singapore. He added that the buses would go a long way in eliminating pollution, minimizing vehicle congestion and improving road safety.



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