To support the research for the safe deployment of Autonomous Vehicles (AVs) on Singapore roads, NAVYA has partnered with Nanyang Technological University (NTU), JTC and Land Transport Authority (LTA) and opened Singapore’s first Autonomous Vehicle test centre . Named the Centre of Excellence for Testing and Research of Autonomous Vehicles (CETRAN) has been built at an investment of $3,6 million.
Singapore wants to deploy from 2022 autonomous buses on public road within three different districts through the city-state. According to the country’s Ministry of Transport Khaw Boon Wan, the aim is to provide better connectivity and reduce congestion over the city.
The CETRAN, 2 hectare facility test, aims to develop the deployment of AVs all over Asia, especially with tropical conditions. The fully equipped test centre will test AVs on their communication with others vehicles in complex environment. To allow a quick deployment of AVs, the CETRAN AV centre will test vehicles with many exercises to reproduce real driving conditions of Singapore’s roads, with traffic rules, common traffic schemes, infrastructure.
The AV centre is also equipped with a rain simulator and flood zone to test the AV reactivity under extremes weather conditions. It is known that recently, NAVYA had deployed its fully autonomous AUTONOM SHUTTLE on NTU’s campus.