Driverless buses on roads here by 2020

Front row from left: Dr Lee Shiang Long, president, ST Kinetics; Mr Lee Chuan Teck, deputy secretary, Land and Corporate, Ministry of Transport; and Mr Chin Sak Hin, assistant chief executive, Sentosa Development Corporation signs a partnership agree
Front row from left: Dr Lee Shiang Long, president, ST Kinetics; Mr Lee Chuan Teck, deputy secretary, Land and Corporate, Ministry of Transport; and Mr Chin Sak Hin, assistant chief executive, Sentosa Development Corporation signs a partnership agreement for Mobility-On-Demand-Vehicles Project, witnessed by (back row from left) Mr Vincent Chong, CEO, ST Engineering, Mr Pang Kin Keong, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Transport, Mr Quek Swee Kuan, CEO, Sentosa Development Corporation, at Sentosa Golf Club on April 10, 2017. ST PHOTO: SEAH KWANG PENG

Commuters will be able to hop on to one of two driverless public buses here from October 2020.

The driverless bus will have an all-aluminium body to keep it light and it will be electrically powered.

A consortium led by ST Kinetics, which is building the autonomous buses, expects to unveil a prototype by early next year. It will also launch four driverless on-demand minibuses on Sentosa next year.

The buses will have level 4 autonomy initially - where the bus will be able to drive by itself but will still be manned.

The testing of the buses will cover as many road scenarios as possible before they are rolled out to the public.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 11, 2017, with the headline 'Driverless buses on roads here by 2020'. Print Edition | Subscribe