Western Singapore set to become test bed for autonomous vehicles: Reaction time, speed among residents' worries

The Shared Computer-Operated Transport, a self-driving electric vehicle by Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology, being tested at the National University of Singapore's University Town.
The Shared Computer-Operated Transport, a self-driving electric vehicle by Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology, being tested at the National University of Singapore's University Town.ST PHOTO: ONG WEE JIN

SINGAPORE - Residents of the western part of Singapore had mixed reactions about the news that self-driving vehicles will be tested on public roads in their neighbourhoods, with many of them concerned about the vehicles' speeds and their ability to react to road conditions.

MPs of areas where these autonomous vehicles (AVs) will be tested, which include Bukit Timah, Clementi and Jurong, told The Straits Times that while they support the move, more engagement is needed from AV companies to assure the residents of their safety features.

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