This new 2-hectare test facility will support the Centre of Excellence for Testing & Research of AVs – NTU (CETRAN), which was launched on 1 Aug 2016 to spearhead the development of testing requirements for AVs.
Together with CETRAN and its partners, LTA will work towards developing the necessary standards and testing regimes for the safe deployment of AVs on our public roads. As there are no existing international test standards or international certification bodies for AVs, CETRAN will anchor Singapore’s position as an industry leader in supporting the testing and eventual widespread deployment of AVs.
The test circuit will have a network of seven 360-degree closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras at strategic locations which will stream real-time footage to a monitoring and evaluation system. The circuit also features a rain simulator and flood zone to test AVs’ navigation abilities under different weather conditions.
CETRAN and the Test Centre are strategically located in Jurong Innovation District, Singapore’s largest living lab. The Jurong Innovation District will house companies focusing on urban solutions, advanced manufacturing, and smart logistics.
Self-driving buses will be firstly deployed in Punggol, Tengah and the Jurong Innovation District areas from 2022, Singapore’s Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan has announced. Residents and workers can turn to driverless buses and shuttles for their first- and last-mile commute during off-peak periods.
On the opening of the Test Circuit, Mr Khaw said it will provide “a safe, controlled and configurable testing environment” for developers to trial their technologies using a range of simulated on-road scenarios, with advanced test equipment like pedestrian simulators.
CETRAN programme director Niels de Boer said the ongoing tests being conducted by nuTonomy and Delphi Automotive at one-north are considered “milestone one” in the journey of deploying self-driving vehicles on Singapore’s roads. Mr de Boer added that with the new circuit, testing of autonomous vehicles here is considered “milestone two”, and “milestone three involves testing without a safety driver”.
NTU professor Subodh Gautam Mhaisalkar, ERI@N executive director, revealed in a separate interview that both nuTonomy and Delphi will be conducting tests at the centre “soon”. Another “five to six” companies are expected to conduct tests at the centre in the next six months, he added.