After Driverless Cars, Singapore To Test Self-Driving Buses

All aboard! NTU and the Land Transport Authority of Singapore are collaborating on transport research projects into autonomous vehicles and rail network enhancement.

AsianScientist (Oct. 27, 2016) – The Land Transport Authority (LTA) of Singapore has signed agreements with the Nanyang Technological University (NTU Singapore) to collaborate on a series of transport research projects into autonomous vehicles and rail network enhancement.

LTA and NTU intend to work towards a future where city landscapes are not dominated by roads, parking lots and private cars, but where new forms of shared mobility complementing public transport systems will enable commuters to get around comfortably and conveniently. Under the agreements, the partners will conduct joint research to enhance existing rail networks through real-time condition monitoring and also conduct trials for a fully-autonomous 12-meter bus, the first of its kind in Singapore.

These projects will be conducted under the ambit of the LTA-NTU Transport Research Center (TRC), which was set up in November 2015 to conduct research and technical trials for innovative technologies in the transport industry. LTA will also partner with the Energy Research Institute @ NTU (ERI@N) to develop autonomous bus technologies, which include conducting a self-driving bus trial for fixed and scheduled services for intra- and inter-town travel. Under this collaboration, ERI@N will test and develop their self-driving vehicle technology with two electric hybrid buses.

This research collaboration aims to outfit existing buses with a suite of intelligent sensors and develop a self-driving system that can effectively navigate Singapore’s local road traffic and climate conditions, enabling the self-driving buses to operate safely and efficiently.


Source: Nanyang Technological University.
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