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ComfortDelGro will trial an autonomous shuttle bus in real traffic conditions at the National University of Singapore’s (NUS) Kent Ridge Campus from March 2019.
For the one-year trial, an EasyMile EZ10 will carry up to 15 passengers along a 1.6km route in NUS between Heng Mui Keng Terrace and Business Link.
The EZ10 will operate alongside regular buses, cars and motorcycles and rely on its internal software and hardware technologies for navigating on the roads. A safety engineer will remain on board during travel to ensure safe operation.
Initially, the shuttle will collect data for its navigation systems but this will eventually be made available to the public.
Professor Chen Tsuhan, NUS deputy president (research and technology), says the project also aligns with the university’s goal of becoming a “smart and sustainable campus”.
NUS will provide artificial intelligence, data science, analytics and engineering to develop autonomous technologies for the improvement of the public transportation system of Singapore and around the world, Tsuhan adds.
The vehicle is being funded by motor distribution company Inchcape Singapore.
The city state has been a magnet for AV testing: earlier this year, Volvo Buses entered a two-year partnership with Nanyang Technological University (NTU) to test autonomous electric buses at the start of 2019.