Published on: 12-Jan-2018
Driverless buses meant for public transport will be tested from early 2019 at Nanyang Technological University's (NTU) test circuit in Jurong, under a collaboration with Volvo.
Both parties signed an agreement on 11th January 2018 to test two 40-seater autonomous electric buses at NTU's Centre of Excellence for Testing and Research of Autonomous Vehicles (CETRAN). The test circuit replicates road conditions in Singapore, with common traffic schemes, road infrastructure and traffic rules. The living lab platform assesses technology maturity and road-worthiness, including the certification of the technologies for deployment on public roads.
The 12-metre Volvo 7900 Electric bus is already in service around the world, providing a quiet and emission-free operation, and requiring 80 per cent less energy than an equivalent sized diesel bus.
The 40-seater buses to be deployed in Singapore will be equipped with autonomous driving technologies. These include GPS and LIDAR laser technology systems for charting, positioning and detecting obstacles around the vehicle, and an integrated navigation system that includes automated steering, gear changing, and speed throttling technologies.
Volvo Buses is one of the world's leading manufacturers of electrified buses and has sold more than 3,800 hybrid buses, electric hybrid buses and all-electric buses. For Volvo, this will be its first autonomous application in public transportation anywhere in the world and it has chosen NTU Singapore as its partner in this endeavour.
The NTU and Volvo partnership is also part of the collaboration between NTU and the Land Transport Authority (LTA) under the university's living lab platform announced in October 2016. Singapore's public transport operator SMRT will also play a critical role in determining the roadworthiness of autonomous vehicles and assist in operational trials.
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