The race of Autonomous cars and trucks are on its peak many companies are testing their autonomous vehicles, Uber already launched its driver-less taxis, but currently closed. At the same time the Singapore government has also joined the race. they are testing the autonomous public buses, which will be launched in three districts of Tengah, Punggol and the Jurong Innovation District where driver-less buses and shuttles will be used for off-peak and on-demand commuting by 2022. These bus services were first tested on August 26, with the process to go on till November 15 this year.

In the “Autonomous Readiness Index” this year, Singapore has ranked second among the 25 countries that were assessed.

This will be the island nation’s first on-demand autonomous shuttle vehicle trial since autonomous testing of vehicles began in June 2018. Launched in Sentosa, people visiting the area will be able to hail an autonomous shuttle using the “Ride Now Sentosa” mobile application or at kiosks present along a 5.7 km route to access destinations like Siloso Point, Beach Station, Palawan Beach and Sentosa Golf Club free of charge.

For the purposes of the trial, four AVs consisting of two minibusses and two small shuttles will be deployed for four hours on weekdays, as per a joint statement made by the MOT, SDC and ST Engineering.

As a precautionary measure, on every AV, a “safety driver” will be present who can take charge of the vehicle if the need arises. The vehicle fault system will alert the safety driver if it detects any faults in the system. Furthermore, road users and pedestrians will be intimated with electric signage telling them that the vehicles are driverless.

autonomous busses in singapoorWhat are the key features?

The AVs are equipped with collision & obstacle avoidance and overtaking features, remote control, radar, LiDAR (Light detection and ranging), odometry, computer vision and 360-degree sensors. They also have embedded cybersecurity features that protect the vehicles from intrusion and deter hacking. The AVs’ charge ranges from 50 km to 150 km per charge depending on the operating scenario.

The “Autonomous Vehicles Readiness Index”, prepared by KPMG, has ranked 25 countries based on their preparedness for autonomous vehicles. In this report, the Netherlands stood at the first position for 2018 and 2019. Singapore has been consistently ranked second for two years with a score of 24.32 in 2019. India is ranked 24 in this list for the present year, while it was ranked 20 in 2018, out of the 20 countries assessed.

What are the testing parameters for this autonomous vehicle?

The report assesses countries based on 25 variables. These four pillars are – policy and legislation, consumer acceptance, infrastructure and technology, and innovation. The 25 variables have been distributed among these pillars and have scores based on publicly available information, existing research, press releases and other such material.


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