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​NTU and TNO to collaborate on self-driving vehicle research

Published on: 28-Sep-2017


The Centre of Excellence for Testing & Research of AVs – NTU (CETRAN) will spearhead the development of testing requirements for self-driving vehicles (SDV), as there is no existing international standard. This would allow SDVs to be integrated with existing road traffic, which is an important step for widespread deployment of SDVs. These efforts will be supported by the 1.8-ha CETRAN Test Circuit, to provide a simulated road environment for the testing of SDVs prior to their deployment on public roads.

To accelerate the safe introduction of autonomous vehicles in public roads, a new research collaboration was signed on 28th September 2017, between Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research (TNO) and CETRAN. The two bodies will collaborate on a programme addressing the operational safety and security of autonomous vehicles, with TNO contributing Streetwise, a scenario-based methodology that uses real-life data to generate public road scenarios for the virtual testing of autonomous driving.

CETRAN’s programme director Niels de Boer said: "This specific partnership on AV safety case testing and simulation supports NTU in building a credible engine that will achieve our strategic goals."

"I am convinced this agreement is a great way to expand our collaboration, jointly developing the safe implementation of autonomous vehicles in an urban environment, with expected results applicable both to Singapore and the Netherlands", said TNO chief operating officer Wim Nagtegaal.

CETRAN and the CETRAN Test Circuit are located at CleanTech Park and were jointly developed by Land Transport Authority (LTA), JTC and Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. Its official launch took place in August last year.

The Straits Times

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