Singapore, through the efforts of Ministry of Transport (MOT), the Land Transport Authority (LTA) and academic institutes is moving towards a vision of Sustainable Future Mobility underpinned by public transport, a car-lite city with minimized congestion and pollution, and where trips would be supplemented with self-driving vehicles as well as buses/shuttles for first and last-mile transportation. Seamlessly connected mobility would be further facilitated with intelligent mobility solutions and smart-devices. Such transformations in the transportation system signify a huge step towards Singapore's aim to become the world's first smart nation.
To bring Singapore closer to this future, LTA is investing in research, development, test-bedding and deployment capabilities. ERI@N will play a central role in a number of these areas including autonomous vehicles’ certification, AV sensor integration, and electromobility solutions centred around public transport. These technologies would be readily transferrable to megacities around the world which will face serious challenges in road congestion and pollution.
The Future Mobility Solutions programme focus is on the following areas:
Centre of Excellence for Testing & Research of AVs – NTU (CETRAN) will be the world's biggest test track for AVs, dedicated to supporting the LTA's efforts in the introduction of these vehicles on public roads.
Furthermore, ERI@N has partnered with LTA to develop an electromobility roadmap for Singapore in 2015. ERI@N is also involved in the R&D process of Singapore's first large-scale electric-vehicle (EV) sharing programme by Blue SG, and is responsible for designing and testing high power (150kW) charging of their vehicles.
These energy-efficient technologies would be readily transferrable to megacities facing serious challenges in road congestion and pollution around the world.
The elements of future mobility guide the roadmaps of various initiatives for Singapore. While the “informative” and “interactive” elements are related to the nationwide policy matters and IT infrastructure, ERI@N is supporting the government on the technological and regulatory development in the “green mobility” and “assistive mobility” space.