Singapore is piloting AVs
Singapore is one of the world’s most active laboratories for experimentation with automated vehicles and and AV-friendly infrastructure. Under the guidance of the Committee on Autonomous Road Transport for Singapore (CARTS), formed in 2014, the tiny city-state has pursued a variety of AV pilots. In January 2015, one-north, a science and technology campus which opened in 2002, was chosen as the test bed for AV trials. The initial 6 km-long test network was expanded to more than 55 km in June 2017. Four AV tests have been conducted so far, including a six-vehicle AV taxi service pioneered by nuTonomy. The company, based in Cambridge, Mass., grew out of an earlier research collaboration between MIT and the National University of Singapore at another new town in Singapore’s Jurong Lake District. In August 2017, nuTonomy announced its intent to launch a commercial AV taxi service in Singapore by summer 2018, potentially with ride-hail partner Grab.
While Singapore’s linking of new technology and new towns is a demonstration of economic strength that has attracted interest from China, India, and other quickly urbanizing countries, it also reflects great anxiety about the island’s long-term prospects. With little undeveloped land remaining, Singapore’s long-term strategy is to exploit potential opportunities for AVs to help reduce the number of automobiles and reclaim land currently used for parking and roads.
2018-01-11: Volvo Buses and Nanyang Technological University signed an agreement to trial two autonomous buses beginning in 2019. Link