CCTV cameras, beacons to aid trials

A CCTV at one of the 20 locations in the one-north Autonomous Vehicle (AV) test-bed on Oct 18, 2016.
A CCTV at one of the 20 locations in the one-north Autonomous Vehicle (AV) test-bed on Oct 18, 2016. PHOTO: KEVIN LIM

To better monitor the testing of driverless vehicles for trials at business park one-north, the Land Transport Authority (LTA) has installed equipment such as cameras.

In a briefing yesterday, the LTA said the equipment - installed progressively since July - includes a network of 20 closed-circuit television cameras and 10 "dedicated short-range communication" beacons, which broadcast information such as traffic light signals and traffic conditions to the vehicles to help them in negotiating roads.

A back-end system at the LTA's Intelligent Transport Systems Centre monitors the vehicles and evaluates their performance based on footage from the cameras as well as data from the vehicles themselves.

Last month, the route on which these vehicles can be tested was doubled from 6km to 12km.

There are currently four groups testing autonomous vehicles at one- north: the Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology, nuTonomy, Delphi and the Agency for Science, Technology and Research.

Zhaki Abdullah

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 19, 2016, with the headline 'CCTV cameras, beacons to aid trials'. Print Edition | Subscribe