Without bus driver in Singapore ‘by 2022’

NTU, Singapore

Singapore plans to introduce driverless public bus, and the roads by 2022.

The government says that it will be piloted in three new districts that are less crowded roads designed to accommodate buses.

The buses will be used to help residents travel in their community, and for the nearby railway and bus stations.

Densely populated, Singapore hopes driverless technology will help the country to manage its land constraints and lack of personnel.

“The autonomous vehicles will greatly enhance the accessibility and connectivity of our public transport system, in particular for elderly people, families with young children and the less mobile,” the Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan has said.

Stand-alone buses are required to supplement the current crew of the bus, and will initially operate during peak hours.

In addition, the government plans to allow commuters to hail the on-demand shuttles using their mobile phones.
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Singapore has less traffic congestion than many other cities of south-east Asia, due to tolls and policies to promote public transport.

The country also hopes to become a leader in driverless technology.

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“Our land transportation constraints can help us to become a global player in urban mobility solutions. What works here, it is likely that other city,” said Mr Khaw, who was speaking at the launch of a test center for self-driving vehicles Wednesday.

The new centre will allow driverless developers to test how their cars and buses would handle pedestrians, heavy, aggressive, drivers, cyclists, scooters, and other road scenarios.

At least 10 companies are currently testing driverless car technology in Singapore, Mr Khaw added.