Singapore announces driverless buses on public roads from 2022
Friday, November 24, 2017
On Wednesday, Singapore's government announced its intention to have operating on public roads from 2022. Driverless buses are to be first launched in three towns on less crowded roads made to be suitable for the purpose. The autonomous buses are to run during off-peak times, complementing human-driven bus services.
According to the joint announcement from theand Singapore's , commuters will be able to use their mobile phones to hail a driverless shuttle. Transport Minister remarked, "The autonomous vehicles will greatly enhance the accessibility and connectivity of our public transport system, particularly for the elderly, families with young children and the less mobile."
Along with the announcement, a two(roughly five ) test centre has been unveiled outside , where self-driving vehicles are to be driven in simulated Singapore traffic. The test centre is also to be used for developers of self-driving vehicles to observe how they react to pedestrians, extreme weather, aggressive drivers, and various other road conditions. At the launch, Mr Khaw also said, "Our land transport constraints may help us become a global player in urban mobility solutions. What works here is likely to also work in other cities". He noted driverless technology testing for Singapore was underway by at least 10 companies.
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