Singapore Hopes to Have Self-Driving Buses As Soon as Possible
Singapore plans to test its first self-driving bus at Nanyang Technological University. The test is planned to take place in 2018.
If successful, the system will be applied to more universities and places around the city in an effort to encourage the public to take shared transport to get around.
The autonomous bus trial will start with two electric hybrid buses that will eventually be able to effectively navigate through Singaporean traffic and climate conditions.
‘Current efforts worldwide have been focused on cars, so this autonomous bus trial is the first-of-its-kind in Singapore that will aim to improve road safety, reduce vehicle congestion, alleviate pollution and address manpower challenges,’ said Professor Lam Khin Yong, NTU chief of staff and vice-president.
Thanks to current technological advances, the Land transport Authority and NTU signed an agreement which will boost rail reliability with a real-time monitor of conditions in order to detect defects without delays.
A big question: How will the behavior of the passengers be monitored?