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Singapore set to have the first trial of driverless buses

Published: 19 October 2016

The road connecting Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and CleanTech Park in Singapore may witness driverless buses running for the first time. This exercise is a part of a test that will be conducted by the Land Transport Authority (LTA) and NTU’s Energy Research Institute, under an agreement signed at the opening of the Singapore International Transport Congress and Exhibition on Wednesday (Oct 19). The 12m-long buses might be ferrying people between NTU and CleanTech Park in the Jurong Innovation District

NTU has been a leading research institution and was earlier also part of a trial a self-driving electric shuttle within the campus and CleanTech Park in 2013 .Professor Lam Khin Yong, NTU Chief of Staff and Vice-President of Research said “Current efforts worldwide have been focused on cars So, this autonomous bus trial is the first of its kind in Singapore that will aim to improve road safety, reduce vehicle congestion, alleviate pollution and address manpower challenges.”

Driveless Bus, Energy Research Institute, NTU
Driveless Bus, Energy Research Institute, NTU

A real-time condition monitoring tool i.e. remote diagnosis and preventive maintenance that detects early signs of defects in traction power systems and takes preventive action will be developed as part of the project. This technology will enable round the clock monitoring and maintenance, without disrupting normal train operations.

Source: Press Release

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