Driverless cleaning vehicles in the works for Singapore streets

A cleaner clearing a load of rubbish at Jalan Tenteram in Whampoa.
A cleaner clearing a load of rubbish at Jalan Tenteram in Whampoa. PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - The National Environment Agency (NEA) and the Ministry of Transport (MOT) on Monday (Oct 17) issued a joint Request for Information (RFI) for the design and development of driverless vehicles for street cleaning and refuse collection.

These "multi-purpose utility vehicles" are in line with the Committee of Autonomous Road Transport (Carts) for Singapore's vision for the deployment of self-driving technology here, the two agencies said in a statement, adding that they would allow for sustainable public cleaning and waste collection services.

Carts was formed by the Government in 2014 to chart the direction for self-driving technology, including their use for mass transportation and freight delivery.

"Through this RFI, we hope to seek information from the industry, institutes of higher learning and research institutes on how we could leverage new technology to improve the productivity of public cleaning," said the NEA and the MOT.

"In the longer term, boosting the productivity levels in the delivery of public services will bring about cost and time savings and better deployment of manpower resources. "

Interested parties can access the RFI from GeBiz starting from Oct 17. The closing date for submission is Dec 28 (2016).