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Singapore-made driverless car to ply NUS roads

It is being tested as a means to tackle first- and last-mile transport problems

Published on Jan 29, 2014 7:46 AM
 

A new driverless car will start tooling around the National University of Singapore (NUS) campus in tests that may one day see such vehicles shuttling people from their homes to destinations like MRT stations.

The Singapore-made car, called the Shared Computer Operated Transport, or Scot, was launched yesterday by the Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology (Smart) and NUS.

Starting with a Mitsubishi i-MiEV electric car, the researchers retrofitted it at a cost of $30,000 so it would drive programmed routes.

The car, which seats four and has a top speed of 130kmh, uses laser sensors with a 30m range to detect and avoid obstacles in its path. It also uses remote sensing technology that allows it to function without relying on the Global Positioning System.

 
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HASSLE-FREE 'DRIVING'

When you reach your destination, you can just get out of the car. It will go and park or charge itself, or go pick up the next customer.

- Professor Emilio Frazzoli, Smart lead investigator