Our research institutes should rethink their work on autonomous vehicles ("Driverless trucks may be tested here soon"; Jan 10).
Established car makers are doing extensive research on this too, and are likely ahead of us in this race.
We do not have vehicle manufacturing capabilities, or even a facility to assemble vehicles.
The best we can hope for is to register a few patents for control or engineering designs, and sell them to a foreign manufacturer.
Perhaps the emphasis of the research is to develop a vehicle suited to our local road conditions. However, how different is our road environment from those overseas?
If such a vehicle is developed, will it have a market overseas?
Researchers must ask themselves if the payback is worth all the money and time put into developing the vehicle.
Kelvin Leong Moon Kit