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LTA to study use of driverless vehicles as viable mode of transport

Published on Jun 3, 2014 4:20 PM
 
The Shared Computer Operated Transport (Scot) car, a driverless vehicle, was launched by the Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology and National University of Singapore on Jan 28, 2014. Driverless buses, taxis and cars can take you from home to your workplace in the near future. -- ST PHOTO: SEAH KWANG PENG

SINGAPORE - Driverless buses, taxis and cars can take you from home to your workplace in the near future. The Land Transport Authority (LTA) is studying using autonomous vehicles as a viable mode of transport that could save time, improve efficiency and rely on just 20 per cent of the cars currently on the roads.

The government agency is working with the Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology (SMART) to test out a fleet of these driverless buggies in the Jurong Lake District by the end of this year, as part of an ongoing trial by SMART.

"If it comes through, it will provide Singapore another form of transport from what we already have now, said Mr Chua Chong Kheng, LTA's deputy chief executive at the sidelines of the World Cities Summit held at the Marina Bay Sands on Tuesday.

Benefits to such driverless vehicles are numerous, said Mr Chua. It would allow the elderly and the less mobile more flexibility to move around; provide a good first and last-mile connection; and in the case of driverless buses, remove the heavy reliance on manpower.

 
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