Autonomous vehicles to be tested on Singapore university campus

Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) announced this week that it has joined forces with SMRT Services and 2getthere, a developer of autonomous passenger transit systems, to deploy fully automated vehicles on the university’s Smart Campus.

The partners signed a Memorandum of Understanding that will pave the way for the Group Rapid Transit autonomous vehicles to be integrated into NTU’s transport network.

The vehicle uses magnetic pellets in the road to navigate the campus autonomously. It can travel in either direction and carries up to 24 passengers.

Testing of the autonomous vehicles – expected to connect the university’s halls of residence with its main academic areas – will start later this year.

NTU said that during the collaboration, the partners will conduct research into improving autonomous vehicle technologies – for example, by increasing the use of artificial intelligence and developing advanced sensors and sensor fusion algorithms.


“NTU’s campus is not only a living testbed for innovative technologies, but also the first to test driverless vehicles in Singapore,” said NTU President Professor Subra Suresh.

“Autonomous vehicles are an integral part of the NTU Smart Campus vision, which leverages tech-enabled solutions to create better living and learning experiences. This new collaboration with SMRT and 2getthere highlights our goal of developing cutting-edge transport solutions that will benefit Singapore and beyond.”