SMART self-driving car being piloted at One-north
As one of the first applicants approved by the Singapore Land Transport Authority (LTA) for Autonomous Vehicle (AV) testing at One-North, the Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology (SMART) [新加坡-麻省理工学院科研中心] and the National University of Singapore (NUS) [新加坡囯立大学], will be testing the SMART-NUS driverless car on public roads, using the 6-km route within the business park as of 12 Oct 2015.
Through this one-year trial, the SMART-NUS AV group will be advancing its vehicles’ self-driving capabilities, working towards more sophisticated demonstrations of autonomous Mobility-on-Demand (MoD) transportation services. One-North presents new challenges of road interactions with real traffic (uncontrolled environment), and more complex interactions such as cross-junctions and traffic lights.
This is a progressive step for expansion of the AV research application to the entirety of the Singapore road network.
Permanent Secretary of Transport, Mr Pang Kin Keong and the media had the opportunity to ride the self-driving car.
See Reuters World News video and news release (above) for more.