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ST Engineering has added BYD as its first partner in a consortium which seeks to deploy driverless buses in Singapore.
The company is equipping BYD’s electric buses with autonomous vehicle technology. The vehicles will operate in the towns of Punggol, Tengah and the Juroung Innovation District located in Singapore’s western corridor.
The consortium is being formed following a request from Singapore’s Land Transport Authority and the Singapore Economic Development Board to trial autonomous buses and shuttles.
Dr Lee Shiang Long, president of land systems at ST, says: “We continue to explore partnerships with like-minded companies and incorporate their capabilities into a proposal that offers a sustainable and scalable transportation solution for Singapore.”
Autonomous technology is already being phased into Singapore. Earlier this month, Volvo announced plans to trial a 12m long autonomous electric bus on roads at the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) ahead of an anticipated release onto public roads.