Self-driving cars: Japan start-up sets up research lab in Singapore

Ascent Robotics chief executive officer Masayuki Ishizaki, who also goes by the name Davey, stands next to a car outfitted with Ascent's autonomous vehicle system at the company's laboratory in the Kasai district in eastern Tokyo.
Ascent Robotics chief executive officer Masayuki Ishizaki, who also goes by the name Davey, stands next to a car outfitted with Ascent's autonomous vehicle system at the company's laboratory in the Kasai district in eastern Tokyo.ST PHOTO: WALTER SIM

TOKYO • A Japanese start-up striving to build a completely autonomous driving system by 2020 has set up a research lab in Singapore, which it predicts will be among the first in the world to adopt self-driving cars on a large scale.

This is due to the Republic's support in removing regulatory barriers and promoting testing, Ascent Robotics' chief executive Masayuki Ishizaki told The Sunday Times. "Technology is something that we can build, but if the market does not accept it, or if the government does not allow us to introduce the car, then all it is is an interesting toy," he said, adding that the start-up has been in discussions with organisations like Singapore's Economic Development Board and SMRT.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on August 26, 2018, with the headline 'Self-driving cars: Japan start-up sets up research lab in S'pore'. Print Edition | Subscribe