Transport company ComfortDelGro is to become the first transport operator in Singapore to trial an autonomous shuttle bus service in real traffic conditions.
The trial, set to begin in March 2019, will see ComfortDelGro operate an autonomous shuttle bus on public roads on the National University of Singapore’s (NUS) Kent Ridge campus, with a view towards a longer-term commercial rollout.
"This new mobility service will be Singapore’s most advanced autonomous shuttle project yet."
The programme, which will involve Inchcape Singapore, NUS and autonomous shuttle developer EasyMile, will see the EZ10 autonomous vehicle (AV) travel along a 1.6km route on the campus, operating alongside regular buses, cars and motorcycles.
The trial will initially focus on data-gathering for mapping and navigation systems, before offering commuter services once the trial management team is satisfied that the shuttle is ready.
“We are excited to team up with three strong partners to undertake this latest AV trial which will be conducted in mixed traffic alongside regular vehicles on the road,” said ComfortDelGro Managing Director and Group CEO, Yang Ban Seng.
“We believe the experiences gained from these trials will help us gain greater insight into how to become an AV fleet operator in the years to come.”
Professor Chen Tsuhan, NUS Deputy President (Research and Technology), said: “In this era of digitalisation and smart technologies, the use of autonomous vehicles as a mode of transport is not a question of ‘if’ but ‘when’.
“NUS is excited to serve as a living lab for this trial, where our researchers, and later on, the NUS community, can play a major role in evaluating the use of autonomous shuttles.”
Gilbert Gagnaire, Founder and CEO of EasyMile, said: “The very first EZ10 commercial application was launched in Singapore in 2016. This new mobility service will be Singapore’s most advanced autonomous shuttle project yet.”