Continental and EasyMile have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to partner on autonomous driving research and development in Singapore. The two companies have set up a joint R&D team and will collaborate on preparations for self-driving vehicle tests on public roads in the city-state.
The newly-formed team will commence work on solutions for driverless mobility in Singapore, with a focus on developing perception and deep learning technology. The partners will also prepare autonomous vehicle (AV) technology for tests aimed at ensuring the safe deployment of AVs on private grounds and public roads in Singapore’s metro area.
“Our Singapore location is already one of our largest R&D locations in Asia. Its position is strategic as Singapore is one of Asia’s four tigers, and an important financial and trade center,” said Ralph Lauxmann, head of the Automated Driving project house at Continental.
“With the joint autonomous driving R&D team we have expanded the network of our Automated Driving project house to another important location.”
The results of the team’s work in Singapore could be used as a blueprint for the deployment of driverless systems in other regions, added Lauxmann.
EasyMile CEO Gilbert Gagnaire said: “For the past four years, EasyMile has demonstrated its leadership in deploying reliable and safe autonomous systems.
“The Continental and EasyMile joint R&D team in Singapore is an important step to accelerate the development of new technology for global markets as well as to benefit the advance and dynamism of Singapore’s autonomous driving ecosystem to further test our products.”
“We welcome Continental and Easymile’s decision to build autonomous vehicle R&D capabilities in Singapore,” said Tan Kong Hwee, Executive Director of Mobility, Singapore Economic Development Board.
“The two companies’ joint decision underscores Singapore’s attractiveness as a location to develop, test and commercialize new AV technologies.”