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On-demand autonomous buses to debut in Sentosa as part of 2019 trial

SINGAPORE – From next year, visitors and staff in Sentosa will be able to hail autonomous buses via their smartphones, or at kiosks along a 5km route on the island as part of a three-month public trial.

On-demand autonomous buses to debut in Sentosa as part of 2019 trial

The 22-seater mini bus is one of two types of autonomous shuttles which will be used during the public trial at Sentosa.

SINGAPORE – From next year, visitors and staff in Sentosa will be able to hail autonomous buses via their smartphones, or at kiosks along a 5km route on the island as part of a three-month public trial.

Two units of a 22-seater bus, and two 15-seater shuttles – which are fully enclosed and air-conditioned – will be used during the trial, said the Ministry of Transport, Sentosa Development Corporation, and ST Engineering in a joint media release on Tuesday (June 5).

Developed by ST Engineering, the autonomous shuttles are capable of sensing the environment and navigating without human input through technology such as radar, GPS, odometry and computer vision. A key feature is ST Engineering’s Autonomous 2 Vehicle Management System, which analyses passenger demand and optimises route management for ride-sharing services.

Mr Loh Ngai Seng, Permanent Secretary for Transport and Chairman of the Committee on Autonomous Road Transport for Singapore said the public trial “marks a key milestone in our vision to leverage autonomous technology to improve the public transport system in the longer term”.

He added: “The insights gained from this trial will allow us to better understand how the technology can be deployed to strengthen intra-town connectivity and enhance mobility for commuters, particularly the elderly and persons with disabilities.”

Dr Lee Shiang Long, president of ST Engineering Land Systems, said: “Developing our indigenous capabilities in autonomous technologies is necessary as Singapore looks to deploy and operationalise autonomous vehicles as a mode of public transportation.

“ST Engineering’s AV kit is platform-agnostic, and hence can be integrated onto other transportation platforms. The outcomes of the trials will provide valuable inputs and data on the performance of the vehicle under various road conditions, and allow us to fine-tune its responses to them.”

Mr Quek Swee Kuan, chief executive officer, Sentosa Development Corporation said that the mobility-on-demand vehicles will strengthen connectivity across the island, and offer guests another “unique experience”.

Signboards have been placed along the test routes to inform members of the public of the trial, and all autonomous shuttles will have electronic signages to notify road users and pedestrians.

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